Microsoft corp Said it would acquire Zenimax media With $ 7.5 billion in cash, consolidating its Xbox video game offering with the studio behind titles such as Fallout and Doom Reboot.
Zenimax is the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, which has also developed hits including The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein and Dishonored.
The deal comes more than a week after Microsoft’s unsuccessful bid for US assets of short video app TikTok. TIC Toc The agreement is currently structured as a partnership with Oracle and Walmart rather than a direct sale.
Microsoft said that when it launches on Xbox or PC, it plans to bring Bethesda’s future games to its monthly Xbox Game Pass subscription service. Microsoft now has more than 15 million game passes.
Bethesda’s structure and leadership will remain the same, Microsoft said.
Gaming is on a tear due to demand from domestic users stuck during the COVID-19 epidemic and Microsoft has put its faith in offering users multiple ways to play at various price points through its cloud service and console.
Microsoft said the ZeniMax deal would close in the second half of FY 2021, and would have minimal impact on adjusted operating income in fiscal 2021 and 2022.
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