Valve has so much faith in Microsoft that they don’t even need to sign a long-term contract to keep Call of Duty on Steam after the Activision Blizzard acquisition.
Recently, the CEO of Take-Two also gave his thoughts on Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Now it’s Gabe Newell who has spoken out after Microsoft approached Valve about a deal to keep the Call of Duty franchise on Steam. Xbox has made a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo consoles. But we understand that Sony is not too keen on negotiating a deal.
“Phil and the games team at Microsoft have always followed through on what they told us they would do so we trust their intentions” – Gabe Newell.
As reported by VGC, Valve CEO Gabe Newell has given his views on the Activision Blizzard acquisition. According to him, they have made it clear that they have so much confidence in Xbox that they don’t need to sign a long-term deal to keep the COD series on Steam.
Newell made this clear in a statement to Kotaku. “We’re happy that Microsoft wants to continue using Steam to reach customers with Call of Duty when their Activision acquisition closes. Microsoft has been on Steam for a long time and we take it as a signal that they are happy with gamers reception to that and the work we are doing. Our job is to keep building valuable features for not only Microsoft but all Steam customers and partners,” said Valve’s CEO.
“Microsoft offered and even sent us a draft agreement for a long-term Call of Duty commitment but it wasn’t necessary for us” for several reasons, says Newell, who goes on to list three reasons.
“We’re not believers in requiring any partner to have an agreement that locks them to shipping games on Steam into the distant future.”
“Phil and the games team at Microsoft have always followed through on what they told us they would do so we trust their intentions.”
“We think Microsoft has all the motivation they need to be on the platforms and devices where Call of Duty customers want to be.”