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Valve is 'more than happy' to help Microsoft bring PC Game Pass to Steam

Valve is ‘more than happy’ to help Microsoft bring PC Game Pass to Steam

Valve CEO Gabe Newell is open to Microsoft launching PC Game Pass on Steam. In an interview with computer gamesNewell says Valve has no plans to rival Xbox Game Pass, but would be pleased to work with Microsoft to bring PC Game Pass to Steam.

“I don’t think it’s something we think we need to do ourselves, building a subscription service at this time,” Newell said. “But it’s clearly a popular option for their customers, and we’d be more than happy to work with them to get that on Steam.”

Microsoft and Valve have been in discussions about bringing PC Game Pass to Steam, but it’s clearly early days and may never happen. “We talked to people there a lot about it,” Newell says. “If your customers want it, you have to figure out how to make it happen. This is where we are.”

Valve’s new Steam Deck will not be able to access PC Game Pass without Windows.
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The sticking point may be Valve’s 30 percent cut in software sales through Steam. valve This relaxes to 20 percent For sales past $50 million, it’s not clear how it handles subscription services like PC Game Pass. EA Play launched on Steam in 2020, but only a basic subscription is available and EA Play Pro is still exclusive to EA’s Origin player.

Microsoft has yet to show any signs that it is ready to bring PC Game Pass to Steam. software maker I started distributing more One of the Xbox Game Studios games through Steam in 2019, but PC Game Pass remains exclusive to the Microsoft Store and PCs running Windows 10 or Windows 11. This means that if you buy a new Steam Deck, you can’t access PC Game Pass on Android Linux pre-installed.

Microsoft also tried shake computer games Last year by downgrading the Windows Store to just 12 percent. Steam still dominates PC games, and Microsoft said it’s open Steam being part of the new Windows 11 App Store.

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