The news that tech giant Microsoft is acquiring ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks for $7.5 billion has come as a pretty big surprise and sparked a long list of questions by industry watchers and even casual fans alike.
At the end of the day, people want to know if Doom, Fallout, and Skyrim, top ZeniMax franchise, will become exclusive to Xbox? What will the future of new games like The Elder Scrolls V and Starfield be? What benefits will ZeniMax see by transitioning under Microsoft ownership? For now, executives of the two software giants haven’t revealed any details about what the acquisition will mean for Bethesda Softworks; however, Christopher Weaver, the founder of the company, left in 2002, but remains a stockholder and an interested party in the future of ZeniMax.
Weaver, who is happy with the news, shared his insights about the acquisition. He believes that sales of potential products will be accelerated, that Xbox exclusivity will not happen (as Sony will not be able to access what Microsoft owns), that the high-speed Internet will serve as the bridge the gap for gaming consoles that do not require discs, and that the acquisition has quickly deepened the bench for Microsoft.
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