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Microsoft announced this week that it is to acquire ZeniMax Media and its game publisher Bethesda Softworks for $7.5 billion in cash.
Employing some 2,300 staff worldwide, Bethesda Softworks studios include Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios.
They are the development teams responsible for franchises including The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, Doom, Dishonored, Prey and Quake, among others.
The move will see Xbox Game Studios grow from 15 to 23 development teams, while Bethesda’s franchises will be added to Xbox Game Pass, which Microsoft said had reached a new milestone of 15 million subscribers.
Id Software co-founder John Carmack welcomed the news and suggested it could see him once again work with the studio he left in 2013.
PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said this month that a subscription model like Xbox Game Pass “doesn’t make any sense” for Sony‘s first-party operation, considering its focus on big budget games.