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Gabe Newell: Steam Isn't Interested in Agreements Like Xbox's Nintendo Call of Duty Deal

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Valve appreciates Microsoft’s continued support of the Steam storefront and says that a formal agreement isn’t really necessary for their partnership together.We're happy that Microsoft wants to continue using Steam to reach customers with Call of Duty when their Activision acquisition closes,” said Valve CEO Gabe Newell in a statement to Kotaku. “Microsoft has been on Steam for a long time and 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 explains that Microsoft even sent a draft for a long-term community to keep Call of Duty on the Steam platform but clarifies that there was no need to do so.

He says that Valve doesn’t believe in requiring any partner to have a formal agreement that essentially locks them into shipping games on Steam.

Newell also notes that Phil Spencer and the Xbox team have always followed through on their commitments and trust their intentions.

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