Former Valve Software director of business development Jason Holtman has joined Oculus as its new "head of platform." Holtman served in his former role for eight years. In his new position at the virtual reality hardware company, Holtman will work closely with the head of platform engineering and head of worldwide publishing to lead the company's business development and forge new partnerships.
"The possibilities are obvious, immediate and endless," Holtman said of the VR technology at Oculus. "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 was let go by Valve in February 2013. He was hired by Microsoft in August of that year. He left Microsoft in February.
Holtman joins a "who's who" of high profile game industry veterans who have joined Oculus VR including Neil Konzen, former engineer at Valve; Brian Hook, former engineer at RAD (Telemetry) and the original author of 3Dfx Glide; Adrian Wong, former lead systems engineer at Google[x] (Glass); Ian Field, former engineer at ARM and co-inventor of Cortex-M; Raul Corella, former head of supply chain at JawBone, Monster, and Leap Motion; Laura Fryer, former GM of Epic Seattle and WB Seattle; Paul Pedriana, former lead engineer at EA; David Moore, former engineer at RAD (Granny); Kenneth Scott, former art director at 343 Studios (Halo 4); Seneca Menard, former technical artist at id Software; Paul Pepera, former environment artist at Valve and 343 Studios; Brian Sharp, former engineer at Bungie; Aaron Nicholls, former engineer at Valve, 343 Studios, and Microsoft; Matt Alderman, former engineer at Valve and ArenaNet; Cass Everitt, former GPU architect and engineer at Nvidia; Ross O'Dwyer, former at head of development support at Havok; Douglas Lanman, former research scientist at Nvidia Research and MIT Media Lab; and DOOM and Quake creator and id Software co-founder John Carmack.