Newell said he is happy that Phil Spencer wanted to make it official, but it wasn't necessary.

call of duty: modern warfare ii, microsoft

Valve boss Gabe Newell has responded to Microsoft’s announcement that it would continue to release the Call of Duty series on Steam should its deal to buy Activision Blizzard go through. Newell told Kotaku that Valve is happy that Microsoft wants to keep making Call of Duty available on Steam, but putting it down on paper in an official capacity wasn’t actually necessary.

Newell said Valve, as a company, doesn’t believe in requirements from publishing partners, and Microsoft and the Call of Duty series is no exception. Newell said he takes Spencer at his word.

“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,” Newell said.

All of that said, Newell went on to say that Valve is pleased with Microsoft’s moves here. “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,” Newell said.

The Call of Duty series was locked out of Steam for years as Activision opted to release the franchise on PC through its own launcher, thus avoiding Valve’s platform fee. Activision changed its policy this year and launched Modern Warfare II on Steam, where the game has enjoyed great success. Valve is also benefitting greatly through the collection of its store fee.

Spencer made waves on Tuesday when he announced that Microsoft cut a 10-year deal to bring the Call of Duty series to Nintendo if its proposed deal to buy Activision Blizzard goes through. Many believe this was a targeted bargaining tactic to pressure Sony to agree to a similar licensing deal and appease regulators who have raised concerns about Call of Duty becoming exclusive to Xbox.

For its part, Microsoft president Brad Smith said making Call of Duty exclusive to Xbox would be a bad business decision and could lead to a “disastrous” scenario for Xbox.

This is all happening as the Federal Trade Commission is reportedly planning to sue Microsoft over the deal. Nothing is guaranteed, however, and some believe the possibility of a lawsuit from the FTC was intentionally leaked to the press.

The products discussed here were independently chosen by our editors. GameSpot may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.

TECH NEWS RELATED

9 Best Ways To Retrieve A Downloaded Movie On Your Laptop

Watching movies online can be a hassle; Especially when there is a lot of buffering. This is one of the biggest reasons for people to download their movies and watch them offline. However, I found this specific query in a forum where people were asking to recover a downloaded movie ...

View more: 9 Best Ways To Retrieve A Downloaded Movie On Your Laptop

How To Snip Screen On Your Laptop?

Taking a screenshot is not a complicated process. All of us are familiar with at least one way to do it. However, there are several ways to capture your screen for a frame. We made this article to show you all the different ways you can grab your screens. If ...

View more: How To Snip Screen On Your Laptop?

How To Connect AirPods To A Laptop?

The Apple AirPods are, undoubtedly, some of the best earpieces available on the electronics market. With three generations of different AirPods models, these sleek, ivory earphones are quite popular. Apart from the appearance and quality, AirPods are known for being versatile. Irrespective of what the host device is, AirPods can ...

View more: How To Connect AirPods To A Laptop?

7 Best Ways To Fix DistributedCOM Error In Windows

If you open the Event Viewer utility often, you may notice a DistributedCOM Error on Windows. Let’s know what this DistributedCOM Error Windows error is, how it’s caused, and how you can fix it. Contents show 1 What Is the DistributedCOM Error Windows 10 and 11? 2 What is the ...

View more: 7 Best Ways To Fix DistributedCOM Error In Windows

12 Easy Fixes For Webcam Not Working In Windows

Cameras are becoming quite common for PCs. We use meetings on Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, and other options. The operating system might not be at fault if your camera isn’t working. You can use the given solutions to solve the Webcam Not Working Windows issue quickly. We have covered ...

View more: 12 Easy Fixes For Webcam Not Working In Windows

Windows 10 Sound Not Working: 18 Quick And Easy Methods

Is  Windows 10 Sound Not Working on your PC? This is a common issue faced by many Windows users.  If you are one among them, you are in the right place. This article gives you 11 solutions to fix the no-sound issues in Windows 10.  Contents show 1 Reasons For ...

View more: Windows 10 Sound Not Working: 18 Quick And Easy Methods

Fix CAA20004 Microsoft Teams Sign in Error

Microsoft Teams have a bundle of excellent and attractive features that provides you with easy communication among friends, even classes and offices were conducted online. There’s a lot going on in MS Teams, for example, you can chat via messages and video calls, and at the same time share files ...

View more: Fix CAA20004 Microsoft Teams Sign in Error

How To Fix This Update Is Not Applicable To Your Computer Error: 11 Quick Fixes

Windows standalone updates packages are useful when your Windows updater is not working or you want to install a certain update manually. However, running these updated packages, sometimes, shows the error message “This update is not applicable to your computer” or “This update is not applicable to your computer”. ...

View more: How To Fix This Update Is Not Applicable To Your Computer Error: 11 Quick Fixes

Windows Dual Boot Menu Not Showing: 6 Easy Ways To Fix

12 Best Fixes: Windows 10 Start Menu Search Not Working

How to customize and publish a Microsoft Bookings page?

Chic-Fil-A’s Training Program Apparently Features a Familiar Fallout Face

Microsoft Teams Status not updating or changing

Don’t Buy a Foldable Until Samsung Brings This Prototype to Life

Windows Encryption Not Working? 6 Best Ways To Fix

How to get Apple Calendar on Windows PC

Windows Update Error 0x80073701: 9 Best Ways To Fix

Best Ways To Fix Slow Internet During VPN On Windows 11

6 Solutions To Fix Wmpnetwk High CPU Usage In Windows

Save Time in Microsoft PowerPoint by Making Your Own Theme

OTHER TECH NEWS

Top Car News Car News