Gabe Newell: Valve Trusts Microsoft, 10-Year Call Of Duty Offer 'Wasn't Necessary'
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Yesterday, Microsoft announced it had "committed to continue to offer" Call of Duty on Steam after the planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

As reassuring as it is, it seems Valve co-founder and CEO Gabe Newell was never really worried in the first place. Speaking to Kotaku, Gabe revealed how Valve even knocked back a "draft agreement for a long-term Call of Duty commitment" because the company trusts Microsoft's intentions:

"Microsoft offered and even sent us a draft agreement for a long-term Call of Duty commitment but it wasn’t necessary for us..."

"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."

Valve's trust in Microsoft should come as no surprise, given the fact Gabe spent over a decade at the company working on the early versions of Windows OS. He's said he's open to talks about bringing Xbox Game Pass to Steam in some way or form, and Xbox Cloud Gaming is already officially supported by Valve's Steam Deck as well.

Microsoft also extended this 10-year commitment to Nintendo and Sony. While Nintendo has been locked in, according to Phil Spencer, Sony is spending "more time with the regulators" than with Microsoft to try and get the deal done.

So, apart from Sony, it seems everyone is getting along! What do you make of Gabe's latest comments? Share your thoughts below.

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