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Valve 'more than happy' to have PC Game Pass on Steam, says CEO Gabe Newell

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What you need to know

  • Valve President Gabe Newell spoke about the possibility of Microsoft's PC Game Pass coming to Steam in a recent interview.
  • Newell says that Valve would be "more than happy" to work with Microsoft to get PC Game Pass onto Steam.
  • Valve and Microsoft have had discussions about the possibility of having PC Game Pass on Steam, according to Newell.

Microsoft's PC Game Pass has a growing collection of the best PC games. While PC Game Pass has its fans, it is currently limited to the Microsoft Store. That could change, however, if Valve President Gabe Newell had his way.

In a recent interview with PC Gamer, Newell was asked if Valve would look into its own game subscription service. He explained that while Valve doesn't have any plans to make a PC Game Pass competitor, it would be open to having Microsoft's subscription service on its platform.

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

Some discussions have already occurred between Microsoft and Valve, though they appear to be in early stages and may not materialize in PC Game Pass coming to Steam.

"We've talked to people there quite a bit about that topic," said Newell. "If your customers want it, then you should figure out how to make it happen. That's where we're at."

EA Play, another gaming subscription service, is already available through Steam, but there are limitations. EA Play Pro is only available through EA's Origin Launcher, leaving only the basic version of EA Play as an option through Steam.

Having PC Game Pass work with Steam could also be complicated because different versions of games appear in the Microsoft Store and through Steam. The differing versions of games on Steam and the Microsoft Store came up in our senior editor Jez Corden's piece arguing that PC Game Pass is not good enough.

As is the case with most decisions, money would also be a factor in where Microsoft decides to put PC Game Pass. Valve takes a 30 percent cut on software sales through Steam, though that rate can drop to 20 percent after $50 million worth of sales. Microsoft and Valve would both need to be happy with the financial elements of bringing PC Game Pass to Steam before such a move could happen.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.

7 Comments
  • I don't understand why PC Game Pass needs to be on Steam, except I guess for people still running Windows 8 or below maybe, but there can't be that many gamers still doing that.
  • Because people refuse to use anything other than Steam. Even if MS made a new store app that was even better than Steam, people would refuse to use it. It makes little sense to me as a non-steam user. I suspect it is much like a browser. People use what they have been using. Chrome was on a another level compared to to IE when it first released, now it is a bloated piece of slow crap. No matter how good the new Edge gets, people will still use Chrome.
  • You ever used MS Store/Xbox app? It's trash. Crashes, problems installing games, slow download (with a fiber connection that works well on Steam, EGS etc.), problems uninstalling games, lack of mods (access to folders) etc.
  • tbh, MS Store/Xbox app work fine on my Alienware laptops, Surfaces, Aya Neo and Dell desktop. This is how I game, and I've got no issue at all.
    @ home: XSX + LG C1.
    @ home office: X1X or desktop running XPA or xCloud.
    On airplane: Alienware, Surface or Aya Neo running XPA.
    On shinkansen: Surface or Aya Neo running XPA.
    On subway: Aya Neo running XPA.
    On the street or in a restaurant waiting: Aya Neo running XPA or xCloud. btw, I don't install anything that can tamper my system. No torrent, no Steam, no unnecessary stuffs, only things like Adobe, Autodesk, Havok, Unreal, Visual Studio, GitHub, Perforce, Store app, PortableApp, etc. I'd say my systems is as clean as it can get.
  • I find searching is terrible in the store, but that's the only issue I've come across. Otherwise ice had no issues with the Xbox app or the store app (though granted I don't do mods).
  • Yes I use it and I agree it's not great compared to steam, epic, or GOG, and has plenty to improve upon but I really don't think it's "trash."
  • If Gabe Newell is willing to take $0.00 cur for the 1st year of exploring it and then 15% there after yes. Else, it makes zero absolute sense.