Wow. It’s amazing news for Microsoft XBOX fans the Microsoft buys Fallout creator Bethesda for $7.5bn. What this means? Microsoft’s Xbox team significantly expanded its list of game development studios on Monday, announcing the acquisition of ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in cash. The entertainment company owns several industry-leading game developers, including Bethesda Softworks, the maker of the post-apocalyptic Fallout games and therefore the fantasy series The Elder Scrolls. It also owns Id Software, known for its Doom, Rage and Wolfenstein shooting game franchises.
“As a proven game developer and publisher, Bethesda has seen success across every category of games, and together, we’ll further our ambition to empower the quite three billion gamers worldwide,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said during a statement.
Xbox head Phil Spencer said that the connection between Microsoft and ZeniMax’s studios has always been friendly:
Some people afraid of it’s starting to seem like the gaming industry is the next for anti-trust proceedings. Verticals mergers are natural for companies, but as console are coming closer and closer in likeness these companies are getting more and more aggressive at gobbling up dives for exclusivity.
But if Microsoft had won the acquisition, Nadella said, it would have been part of what he sees as the company’s efforts to expand its software. “I don’t start each day thinking I want to become somebody else,” he said. “I start each day by saying, ‘How can I do a better job of doing things that come to us naturally?'”
And that’s why he tried to buy TikTok and why he did buy Bethesda.