Gabe Newell Doesn’t Care About A Formal Call Of Duty Arrangement With Microsoft

Gabe Newell provided a statement about Call of Duty on Steam, and it’s a very Valve kind of statement.

By LCLupus, Posted 08 Dec 2022

The Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, recently told the world that Xbox had a commitment to bring Call of Duty to both the Nintendo and Steam platforms. This ten-year commitment was to ensure that gamers and the platform holders feel secure in the knowledge that this extremely massive franchise will continue to appear on their platforms once the Microsoft and Activision-Blizzard-King merger goes through.

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However, Gabe Newell, the head of Valve and Steam, responded to Kotaku’s request for a statement by saying that Valve doesn’t really care about any formal arrangements like this. He specifically said: “Microsoft offered and even sent us a draft agreement for a long-term Call of Duty commitment but it wasn’t necessary for us because a) we’re not believers in requiring any partner to have an agreement that locks them to shipping games on Steam into the distant future b) Phil and the games team at Microsoft have always followed through on what they told us they would do so we trust their intentions and c) we think Microsoft has all the motivation they need to be on the platforms and devices where Call of Duty customers want to be.”

So, it would appear that the laissez-faire approach that Steam takes with practically everything is also very much its approach to the possibility of Call of Duty one day leaving the Steam storefront. Steam is practically a necessity for the vast majority of PC games, and even when companies like Ubisoft and EA have their own PC platforms, they still sell on Steam and then simply route you through their own services before letting you play.

Perhaps Microsoft will do something similar and force Call of Duty games on Steam to run through their own PC storefront, or the company may simply leave Call of Duty on the platform as is. However, this Microsoft commitment is still only a ten-year commitment, so Call of Duty may not remain on Steam forever. We will simply have to see.

As for Nintendo’s response to Kotaku’s request for comment, the Japanese publisher had far less to say, because it has only said: “Nintendo confirms the accuracy of the Microsoft statement. We have nothing further to announce on this topic.” Good to know that Nintendo continues to act like Nintendo in every possible circumstance.

Justin van Huyssteen (@LC_Lupus)
Senior Editor, NoobFeed

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