Xbox Officially Welcomes Bethesda to the Family

The eagerly anticipated acquisition of ZeniMax Media – parent company of Bethesda – has been completed.
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March 10, 2021


Microsoft has now brought Bethesda Softworks – the studio behind games like “Fallout,” “Skyrim,” “Doom” and the upcoming “Starfield” – and its parent company ZeniMax Media under the wing of Xbox.

“This is an exciting day for Xbox,” Phil Spencer, head, Xbox, said via a statement. “Today we officially complete the acquisition of ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda Softworks. It’s an honor to welcome the eight incredibly talented development studios – Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog and Roundhouse Studios – and their passionate global communities to the Xbox family. 

“Now that everything is official,” Spencer continues, “we can begin working together to deliver more great games to everyone. At every step building toward this moment, I’ve been inspired and motivated by the creativity, insight and community-first approach of the talented people at Bethesda. Our goal is to give these teams the best foundation for

doing their greatest work and to learn from them as we continue to build Xbox into an inclusive platform for all players.”

The acquisition is one of the most closely watched gaming movements in recent history by players and industry professionals alike given the unconfirmed position of Bethesda’s globally popular titles becoming exclusive to Xbox. 

Following the announcement, Bethesda games will be made available via the popular Xbox Games Pass to celebrate the occasion and introduce new Bethesda title touchpoints to Xbox players worldwide.

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