US and EU trading bodies both approve Microsoft’s $7.5B buyout of ZeniMax Media

    
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It’s been a few months since Microsoft acquired all of ZeniMax Media’s studios to the tune of $7.5 billion back in September of last year. There hasn’t been much news on the front outside of Phil Spencer and Todd Howard both assuring fans that there won’t be major changes in ZeniMax’s cross-platform strategies (while Microsoft’s own CFO kind of subverted that a bit with his own words), but the revelation was big enough that it won our award for Biggest Surprise that year.

Recently, the buyout has cleared two particularly large hurdles as the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has officially approved the acquisition this past Thursday after a close investigation of both companies and the acquisition itself. The European Commission has also approved the deal this past Friday.

It is important to note that the buyout has still not been officially completed necessarily, but approval by both major trade bodies in the US and EU does effectively pave the way for final formalities to be cleared and the deal to be completed soon.

Update 3/9
Bethsoft posted a statement today about the buyout, though there’s nothing groundbreaking in it. “Today marks the beginning of a new chapter for Bethesda Softworks as part of the Xbox Team at Microsoft,” Pete Hines wrote. “First, let me say that we’re not making any landmark announcements or changes right now. As we’ve all shared, the expectation is that Bethesda Softworks and our studios will continue as we have in the past, just with more support and resources than we’ve ever had before. Obviously, Game Pass has been an important initiative for Xbox, and we’ll be working on putting even more of our games into Game Pass than ever before. Beyond that? Stay tuned, we’re just getting started together.”
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Richard de Leon III

I really hope this doesnt mean i have to wait for fallout 5 or ES6 on my ps4/5 for an additional year. But I can live with it if the PS gets the GOTY edition after waiting an exclusivity period.

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James Crow

the only thing i want to see is cross-play between pc and xbox for FO76 and ESO.
but nothing about it atm :(

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Jack Pipsam

Skyrim for the Xbox Series X here we go!

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Dug From The Earth

I daydream about this conversation happening now…

Microsoft, “So, Bethesda…. lets talk about making an actual new game engine and toss this old, buggy, tired one out. Its got bandaids on its bandaides”

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ThePeon25

no no it´s Microsoft after all it would go more like this. so, Bethesda…. tell us how have you manage to sell broken games so well to the point the fans must fix it please teach us how so we can sell broken games an operating system and till make billions.

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Loopy

The head of Xbox gaming division seems to be a pretty decent guy. So i’d give MS more credit, or at least benefit of the doubt.

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ThePeon25

yeah proboly but when it comes to large companies I have very little respect for them when they often time and time again show us that all they care about is our money be it selling shit, half-finished games or bad products in general. And well Microsoft is not clean them self. I do hope they will do good and keep the game cross plat but who know selling more xbox consoles to get more sales over ps5.

Money is everything to them even more than human life.

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Greaterdivinity

Imagine, a Bethesda developed RPG with the tech/engineers from id.