Microsoft acquires ZeniMax Media for $7.5B


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Microsoft Corp. this week said it has acquired ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion.

The purchase includes the acquisition of development studios Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios.

The development studios are responsible for high-profile game franchises including The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Prey, and Quake.

Microsoft said it will add Bethesda franchises to Xbox Game Pass for Console and PC. Future Bethesda titles will be included in Xbox Game Pass the same day they drop to retail.

Xbox Game Pass for Console is a subscription service to download Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles at $9.99 per month.

The service allows subscribers to download full Xbox One and Xbox 360 game titles and purchase titles at an exclusive discount.

More than 100 Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles are available.

Xbox Game Pass for PC offers unlimited access to more than 100 Windows 10 PC game titles from over 75 developers and publishers.

Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers receive up to 20 percent off games in the current library and up to 10 percent off related game DLC and add-ons from the Microsoft Store.

Microsoft will sell the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Nov. 10.

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