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.”