Rumors are floating of a Steam/Microsoft collab. The announcement could be big during E3 according to a well-known Valve insider who stirred up existing rumors about a Valve-Microsoft alliance.
According to the PC Gaming Show, Valve will make a “special” announcement at E3 for the first time. Tyler McVicker, a Valve insider, shared some juicy details about the company after he shared his E3 predictions. Xbox CEO Phil Spencer and Gabe Newell have been in discussions, specifically about Game Pass, McVicker said. According to the video, “the only way to get Steam Game Pass is if Xbox can get Steam.”
According to the E3 rumor mill, Microsoft and Valve are reportedly considering a partnership that would lead to an Xbox announcement at this year’s showcase. A Valve attendance at E3 would be highly unusual for the simple reason that the company hasn’t attended much in recent years. In 2008, Gabe Newell made a famous appearance on the Sony stage when Portal 2 launched on the PlayStation 3, but the company has not participated until recently.
A collaboration with Microsoft at the very least appears in the cards for Valve, as it appears they are about to undergo significant changes. Introducing Steam Link as an Xbox standard app would introduce plenty of new games for Microsoft and give the company a platform to compete against the PlayStation 5. As of now, the news is just one of several potential industries redefining announcements later this week.
Several factors point to a collaboration between Xbox and Steam going beyond simply pre-E3 hearsay. While Microsoft and Steam have been mentioned before, this is the first of its kind. It is unusual enough for Valve to announce something at E3 that anyone with knowledge of the company’s operations would scratch their heads.