Microsoft is keen on shipping games together with Steam. They are currently not releasing games on Steam but they want that to change soon.
The relationship between Microsoft and Steam has been complex in the last couple of years. Microsoft has been moving their first-party game elsewhere and launching the games for Windows Live via Steam. Microsoft, now has openly admitted that they are looking forward to shipping new games with Steam one day.
Phil Spencer, head of Xbox said, “I look at Steam today, it’s on an incredible growth trajectory. It’s a massive force in gaming; a positive force. I think it will be bigger a year from now than it is today. And five years later it will still be bigger again.”
“I look at Valve as an important [independent software vendor] for us on Windows. They are a critical part of gaming’s success on Windows. I don’t think Valve’s hurt by not having our first-party games in their store right now. They’re doing incredibly well. We will ship games on Steam again,” he added.
Spencer went on to add that, Microsoft look forward to release some games on Steam, although not all of them.
“There’s going to be areas where we cooperate and there’s going to be areas where we compete. The end result is better for gamers. We will ship games on Steam again,” he said.
However, Spencer didn’t specify what kind of Microsoft games they plan to ship on Steam or when do they start. The recent Windows 10 game launches yielded mixed results for Microsoft as Forza 6 Apex and Killer Instinct performed well while Gears of War Ultimate Edition and Quantum Break were average.
We’ll have to await for more details on this matter.