Valve CEO Gabe Newell is open to Microsoft launching its PC Game Pass service on Steam. In an interview with Gamer on PCNewell says Valve has no plans for an Xbox Game Pass competitor, but would be happy to work with Microsoft to bring PC Game Pass to Steam.
“I don’t think it’s something that we think we should do ourselves, building a subscription service right now,” Newell said. “But for their customers, it’s clearly a popular option, and we’d be more than happy to work with them to get it on Steam.”
Microsoft and Valve have had discussions about bringing PC Game Pass to Steam, but that’s clearly the start and it may never happen. “We talked to the people there a lot about this topic,” Newell says. “If your customers want it, you need to figure out how to get there. This is where we are.
One sticking point could be Valve’s 30% cut on software sales through Steam. Valve is relaxing that to 20% for sales after $50 million, but it’s unclear how it treats subscription services like PC Game Pass. EA Play launched on Steam in 2020, but only the basic subscription is available and EA Play Pro is still exclusive to EA’s Origin launcher.
So far, Microsoft hasn’t shown any signs that it’s willing to bring PC Game Pass to Steam. The software maker started distributing more of its Xbox Game Studios titles through Steam in 2019, but PC Game Pass remains exclusive to the Microsoft Store and Windows 10 or Windows 11 PCs. That means if you buy a new Steam Deck, you cannot access PC Game Pass on the pre-installed Linux OS.
Microsoft also tried to shake up PC gaming last year by cutting its Windows Store discount to just 12%. Steam still dominates PC gaming, and Microsoft has said it’s open to Steam being part of its new Windows 11 app store.