Jason Holtman has left Microsoft Studios, according to his LinkedIn page and later confirmed by Microsoft. Holtman was the head of Microsoft Studios' PC gaming division and strategy since last August, when he joined the company after being laid off by Valve in February 2013.
"We can confirm that Jason has left Microsoft, and we're grateful for his time at the company. We wish him the best in his future endeavours," a Microsoft representative told Gamespot.
No further details were given regarding Holtman's departure. This confirmation comes soon after Microsoft creative director Ken Hobb told Rock Paper Shotgun that Microsoft has committed itself to PC gaming.
"So we love PC," Hobb said. "It’s obviously a source of huge revenue for Microsoft. The reality is that in years past we were the Xbox division. Although many of us love playing on PC, we can only make so many games. We can only do so much.
"Now we’re one [unified] Microsoft. I don’t see this as pressure. I see it as an opportunity. We have more support internally to support PC more. That’s great! My only expectation would be, please let us continue to do that over a five-year period so we can have real impact. That’s how it feels right now. We’re getting very strong support internally. So we’re really going after PC."