Valve founder and owner Gabe Newell did a few interviews as part of the Steam Deck launch, and in one he said Game Pass could come to the Steam platform if Microsoft wants it. .
Speaking to PC Gamer, he said:
I don’t think it’s something that we think we should do ourselves, create a subscription service at this time. But for their customers, it’s clearly a popular option, and we’d be more than happy to work with them to get Game Pass on Steam. We talked a lot to the people there about this topic. If your customers want it, you need to figure out how to get there. This is where we are.
Currently, Game Pass titles still do not work on the Steam Deck simply because it is not yet possible to install Windows on the platform. This should happen as soon as GPU drivers are released by Valve and AMD.
In another interview with Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Newell also explained Valve’s stance against blockchain and NFT games. It’s more about the players currently in this space than the technology itself, he said.
You need to separate the underlying technology from the players that use that technology. It’s like if you’re a chemist and you’re studying nitrocellulose, you’re like, “Oh, yeah, we can do some really cool things with that.” And then if everybody’s buying guns and shooting people with them, you’re kind of like, “Hey, this whole chemistry thing is great, but there are results that can be negative.” Not to equate NFTs with shooting people, but the underlying technology of distributed ledgers and the notion of digital ownership and shared universes are all pretty reasonable.
People in space, however, tend to be involved in a lot of criminal activity and sketchy behavior. So it’s much more about the players than the underlying technology or the reason for what we do.