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Steam Pioneer Jason Holtman Joins Oculus

Oculus VR has made yet another high profile hire this week, adding one more former Valve employee to its roster. The company has announced that Jason Holtman, formerly of both Valve and, more recently, Microsoft has come aboard. He joins the Oculus Rift maker as its Head of Platform, and will be responsible for ‘spearheading the business development and partnership side’ of the Oculus Rift.


Holtman spent much of his time at Valve working on Steam, which has now grown into the leading digital download service for PC videogames. Last year saw him head to Microsoft to help with its PC gaming division, though he left the position just six months in.

“So, I’m humbled to become a part of this team,” Hotlamn said in an Oculus VR blog post. “I’m not one of the pioneering scientists or engineers in virtual reality, but I am one of the people that can’t stop grinning every time I see something new inside the headset, and I’m looking forward to helping shape the transformative experiences that inspire the next generation of developers.”

Holtman will undoubtedly play a large roll in securing content and more for the consumer version of the Oculus Rift, dubbed CV1. His appointment is just one of a number of new hires Oculus VR has made so far in 2014, including several other Valve employees such as Michael Abrash. The company is currently prepping its second development (DK2) to ship in July 2014. VRFocus will continue to follow the company’s progress moving forward and report back with all the latest.

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