Microsoft is likely going to return shipping their games on Steam according to Phil Spencer.

Spencer told GiantBomb that Steam is a “massive” and “positive” part of gaming, and confirmed that the company realizes how vital the platform is to the industry as a whole.

“I look at Steam today, it’s on an incredible growth trajectory. It’s a massive force in gaming; a positive force,” Spencer said. “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.”

Spencer also revealed that the store that Microsoft currently publishes their digital PC releases through is not performing as well as hoped.

“[Releases on the Microsoft Store] haven’t [all] gone swimmingly. Some of them have gone well,” he said. “Forza 6 Apex did well. Quantum Break wasn’t our best PC release. Killer Instinct did well on PC. Gears of War Ultimate Edition was OK — we definitely learned there.”

  • fturla

    Microsoft has screwed itself over in terms of selling gaming software and hardware. The management is too distant from the products and services to fix problems on a timely basis. The list of problems they have is too long and they had no choice but to regard STEAM as a valid alternative to their own store because they will lose too much revenue by just using their own services to supply the market with what it wants. Products such as Gears of War were developed using different graphics engines and drivers so when they updated the older games they did not properly convert the games to the latest unified code. Microsoft’s fragmented development of products is a definite problem and challenge that is why their presentations over the last few years have been well unrefined, lackluster, and consumer unfriendly.

    • consoles are going downhill, x1, ps4, WiiU, they can’t afford to keep up with PC. Microsoft got too greedy & arrogant, I bet you they never thought that they have to use steam too sell games.

      • fturla

        Yes, true about having to sell through STEAM. They crashed and burned so many times using their own stores and websites because they are lousy at developing games and retail stores. I believe you that the consoles are bad compared to computers but someone still buys them so they will still make someone money.

    • luggage lad

      get a life and stop caring what game companies do. let a girl touch your penis.

  • fturla

    Microsoft has screwed itself over in terms of selling gaming software and hardware. The management is too distant from the products and services to fix problems on a timely basis. The list of problems they have is too long and they had no choice but to regard STEAM as a valid alternative to their own store because they will lose too much revenue by just using their own services to supply the market with what it wants. Products such as Gears of War were developed using different graphics engines and drivers so when they updated the older games they did not properly convert the games to the latest unified code. Microsoft’s fragmented development of products is a definite problem and challenge that is why their presentations over the last few years have been well unrefined, lackluster, and consumer unfriendly.

    • consoles are going downhill, x1, ps4, WiiU, they can’t afford to keep up with PC. Microsoft got too greedy & arrogant, I bet you they never thought that they have to use steam too sell games.

      • fturla

        Yes, true about having to sell through STEAM. They crashed and burned so many times using their own stores and websites because they are lousy at developing games and retail stores. I believe you that the consoles are bad compared to computers but someone still buys them so they will still make someone money.

    • luggage lad

      get a life and stop caring what game companies do. let a girl touch your penis.

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