Microsoft buying game developer and publisher Bethesda Softworks for $7.5B in cash

Sep. 21, 2020 9:19 AM ETMicrosoft Corporation (MSFT)MSFTBy: Brandy Betz, SA News Editor133 Comments
  • Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) plans to acquire Bethesda Softworks parent ZeniMax Media for $7.5B in cash. The deal is expected to close in H2 FY21 with minimal impact on non-GAAP operating income for FY21 and FY22.
  • Microsoft shares are down 1.7% pre-market to $197.
  • The acquisition includes "publishing offices and development studios spanning the globe with over 2,300 employees, including Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios."
  • Bethesda's top game franchises include The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, Quake, Wolfenstein, and Dishonored.
  • Microsoft will add Bethesda's games to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service. Future Bethesda games will appear on Game Pass on launch day.
  • Image credit: Microsoft's announcement blog.

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