Microsoft Buys Bethesda’s Parent Company, ZeniMax Media for $7.5b
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.
Game image compilation credits: XBOX
“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.
Let’s hear it from the community!
PlayStation fans: what exclusives does xbox have?
*microsoft buys Bethesda*
PlayStation fans now: pic.twitter.com/dkuxbGoO0o
— YuYu (@Plun_Yu) September 21, 2020
PlayStation fanboys: “XBOX is shit because you don’t have any good exclusives”
Microsoft: *buys bethesda*
PlayStation fanboys: pic.twitter.com/YBhkv2IJot
— idek anymore (@NateChavez3) September 21, 2020
Playstation fans: We have the best console and games coming out.
Microsoft: *buys Bethesda*
Playstation fans: pic.twitter.com/qF5iifp3x2
— Aidan (@awizardharreh) September 21, 2020
*Sony buys insomniac, keeps spiderman away from Xbox, & has timed exclusive games & DLC*
PlayStation fans: "Hell yeah! Sony is giving us value! Fuck Xbox!"
*Microsoft buys Bethesda*
— Jeremy G. (@LatinMafiaX) September 21, 2020
i just woke up to Xbox buying out Bethesda.
Starfield, new elder scrolls and doom as xbox exclusives? thats a pretty big move.
— Mutahar (@OrdinaryGamers) September 21, 2020
Sony buys Insomniac.
Xbox Fanboys: "WAAAAAAH, making Spider-Man console exclusive is anti-consumer!"
Microsoft buys Bethesda.
Sony Fanboys: *shrugs* "We'll still get Doom, E.S., Fallout, Wolfenstein, etc"
Xbox Fanboys: "Yay! Xbox Wins the next gen!"
— They STILL Call Me 7th (@The7thLevel) September 21, 2020
Sony Fans: “LOL Xbox has no games LOL! They should use all that money to get some first party titles!”
Microsoft: buys Bethesda*
Sony Fans: “wait noo not like that”
— 𝗡𝗶𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗮𝘀 𝗗𝗲𝗢𝗿𝗶𝗼 (@nicholasdeorio) September 21, 2020
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