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Valve Willing to Add Xbox Game Pass to Steam

Valve Willing to Add Xbox Game Pass to Steam - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 25 February 2022 / 3,391 Views

Microsoft in recent years not only started to release all of its first-party games on PC, but to also release them on Steam. 

Valve president Gabe Newell speaking with PCGamer was asked if he had any interest in adding a subscription service similar to Xbox Game Pass on Steam and he said no. However, he is willing to work with Microsoft to add Game Pass on Steam.

"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."

Valve Willing to Add Xbox Game Pass to Steam

This could be a good opportunity for Microsoft to keep growing Xbox Game Pass, which recently surpassed 25 million subscribers.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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KLAMarine (on 25 February 2022)

I still wonder how this business model works: having to divvy up the subscription fee. Surely this means less money for the game makers?

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G2ThaUNiT KLAMarine (on 25 February 2022)

Well, let’s take the 25 million subscribers and assume they are paying $10/month. That’s $250 million/month which equals to about $3 billion a year. That’s……a lot of money. Now we don’t know how many pay the $10/month or the $15/month tiers of Game Pass, so it’s potentially more. And this of course isn’t including actual game sales on Xbox consoles as well as sales on Steam. That’s more than enough money to go around for everyone.

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Mr Puggsly KLAMarine (on 25 February 2022)

Well I imagine Valve gets a piece for people that sign up through Steam. I would assume retailers also get a piece when they sell subscription codes for Gamepass.

I don't know how MS pays developers. I assume MS just pays money upfront to get the game for a certain period of time. Maybe content gets money depending on downloads, that would be a good way to determine a game's value on the service. Perhaps its both.

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Mnementh Mr Puggsly (on 26 February 2022)

In normal game prices the retailers are also included, so there is no big difference.

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aTokenYeti KLAMarine (on 25 February 2022)

There are a number of people out there that but maybe 1 or 2 games per year for a variety of reasons. If Microsoft can convert even a modest number of those into regular subscribers then they are actually increasing their revenue substantially.

Also, the price of gamepass will go up one day. Add in the fact that gamepass owners largely still buy games (so far anyway), as well as DLC, and the service will be more or less “sustainable”.

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Mnementh aTokenYeti (on 26 February 2022)

Exactly, we are "hardcore" enough to even visit forums for gaming. So we probably buy multiple games a year. But a lot of people are content with one or two a year. For them Gamepass is a lot of value, as they can try out so much.

And yes, if I want to own a game long term, even after I stop Gamepass or anything, I will still buy it regularly. And a good game also entices me to buy DLC. So yes, I see Gamepass being an overall win.

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Giggity_goo (on 26 February 2022)

leave it on xbox/wimdows store. valve would probably want its 30% from everyone using it

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JackHandy (on 26 February 2022)

How about Steam on Xbox?

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aTokenYeti (on 25 February 2022)

Valve already supports other subscription services so this wouldn’t be impossible. I don’t know if Microsoft wants to play ball though. As of now by far the number one driver of traffic to the windows store/Xbox app is gamepass

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Mr Puggsly (on 25 February 2022)

Would be cool, but not all of MS's games are on Steam. So it would probably just be limited to what's available on Steam. Thus requiring users to also use the Microsoft Store.

Certainly worth doing though to gain subscribers, especially after the Activision Blizzard deal completes. The Blizzard content could come to other stores.

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Vizigoth04 (on 25 February 2022)

I’ve always wanted to go through two storefronts just to get to games. Makes sense.

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Mr Puggsly Vizigoth04 (on 25 February 2022)

I use multiple machines just to play games.

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Chicho (on 25 February 2022)


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AkimboCurly (on 26 February 2022)

Sounds good to break free from MS's bad storefront.

But making these games available through more places means developers and publishers will want more cash to make up for lost steam sales.

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