Microsoft Buys Bethesda’s Parent Company, ZeniMax Media for $7.5b

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Microsoft Buys Bethesda

On September 21, many gamers all around the globe shared mixed emotions with the surprise reveal of Microsoft. And it’s not just a game, because Microsoft had bought one of the most critically acclaimed, privately-held game developers and publishers in the world, ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda for $7.5 billion. Yes, you read that right. 

Bethesda is composed of 2300 group of talented individuals worldwide. These professionals are a big part of some of the most accomplished creative studios in the industry such as Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios.

If you’re a fan of the publisher, you’ll probably know that they are the people behind franchises like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Prey, Quake, Starfield, and many more.

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“Our teams have a close and storied history working together”

Microsoft also stated that they have a good working history with Bethesda. From the creation of the amazing first DOOM, and its id Tech Engine, innovating games on PCs o Bethesda bringing their first console game to the original Xbox, the groundbreaking The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. 

What deepens the bond of both companies are their similar visions “for the opportunities for creators and their games to reach more players in more ways” said Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer in a statement. 

Also, in a press release, Bethesda stated that “With the addition of Bethesda, Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. This includes Microsoft’s intent to bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC, like Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.”

You can also check out CNBC TV’s interview with the Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, below. 

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