One of the things that has captured the eyes of many people within the gaming world as of late involved the news regarding Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media. Based on what we know tech giant Microsoft will be purchasing ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion; giving the company ownership of some of Bethesda’s most famous video games including the likes of the Elder Scrolls, Doom and the Fallout series. One of the reasons why Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media is such a big deal is because its probably the most expensive purchase in gaming history. Its common knowledge that Microsoft has been working more closely with one of its former competitors Sony in the midst of the ongoing gaming war with the likes of Google & Apple. Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media is definitely a strong positive for the company because that is more future revenue that the corporation will be earning; if the deal regarding the purchase closes during by the first half of 2021.
The interesting thing about Microsoft’s purchase is the fact that its comes about two months before the company releases its next generation console known as the Xbox Series X which is expected to be released on November 10th of 2020. Its quite possible that one of Microsoft’s motives behind the purchase is to prevent upcoming games within the Wolfenstein, Doom and Elder Scrolls series from appearing on game systems such as Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia or iOS devices. If you are and have been a huge Xbox gamer for over the past decade or so then Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda’s parent company is both big and exciting news. However, Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media could be a threat to the likes of Google especially since the Stadia mainly relies on the streaming of third party games. Microsoft has a lot going on right now with the latest release of their xCloud streaming service along with the Xbox Series X set to appear in retail in November 2020. Based on how things look right now next year onwards seem very promising for the tech giant that now owns Bethesda; which will be unfortunate for some of the company’s major competitors.