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Gabe Newell: Steam Isn’t Interested in Agreements Like Xbox’s Nintendo Call of Duty Deal

Valve said it appreciates Microsoft’s continued support of the Steam storefront, and that a formal agreement between the two isn’t really required for the partnership.

Valve CEO Gabe Newell said: Statement to Kotaku“Microsoft has been with Steam for a long time and it shows that gamers embrace it and are happy with the work we do. continue to build valuable capabilities for all of our customers and partners.”

Newell explains that Microsoft sent out a long-term community draft to keep Call of Duty on the Steam platform, but clarifies it didn’t have to. says they don’t believe in requiring partners to enter into formal agreements that essentially lock their games from shipping on Steam.

Newell also said that Phil Spencer and the Xbox team have always kept their promises and trusted their intentions. Additionally, Newell believes Microsoft has motivation to bring his Call of Duty to the platforms and devices players want.

Just yesterday, Microsoft pledged to bring Call of Duty to the Nintendo platform for the next decade if the Activision-Blizzard merger goes through. Spencer also says that Microsoft has not made any progress regarding accepting terms similar to PlayStation.

The merger of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is currently being reviewed by the FTC and other regulators in Europe and the UK. The deadline for signing the contract is July 2023. If not, both parties will have to renegotiate.

George Yang is a freelance writer for IGN. He has been writing about the industry since his 2019 and has worked with other publications such as Insider, Kotaku, NPR and Variety.

When he’s not writing about video games, George plays them. surprised! You can follow him on Twitter @Yinyangfooey.

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