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Microsoft Edges Closer To Acquiring Bethesda

The European Commission have released a report through which they have approved the merger between Microsoft and ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda. This all but finalizes the deal, putting all of the developers major franchises (Fallout, Quake, Prey, etc.) in the hands of the US megacorporation. The report has further ignited rumors about an upcoming Microsoft/Bethesda event.

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Microsoft has moved one step closer to taking full ownership of Bethesda after the European Commission gave its green light in the deal worth $7.5 billion. This means that soon, major game franchises like Fallout, Doom and even Dishonored will all belong to Xbox, bringing in some much-needed content to its library of first-party titles.

Microsoft had announced its plans to move in on Bethesda six months ago, and now it seems the deal will soon be realized.

One of the deciding factors for the EU was that despite this deal, there still remains some strong competitors within the industry:

“The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, given the combined entity’s limited market position upstream and the presence of strong downstream competitors in the distribution of video games.”

Even though most of Bethesda’s franchises will now fall under Microsoft’s ownership, it remains to be seen if its future titles will be tied exclusively to the company’s consoles (Xbox and PC) or if it will still be available elsewhere (PS4 and Switch). It’s difficult to see how some of the bigger upcoming games, such as The Elder Scrolls VI, could be tied down to the Xbox alone, but on the other hand, that would give Microsoft the boost it desperately has been searching for compared to its competitors. After all, console exclusive content has been an area in which the Xbox has been seriously lacking in stark contrast with the PS4 (The Last Of Us Part II, Ghost Of Tsushima, etc.) or even the Nintendo Switch (Mario, Zelda, Pokemon).


This news has come to give greater support to the rumors going around lately in regards to an upcoming Microsoft event that will be focused on Bethesda games and franchises. Jeff Grubb of VentureBeat tweeted a calendar of gaming events placing the proposed Xbox/Bethesda show on March 11.

The Xbox UK official Twitter page posted an image of the week’s live streams, leaving Thursday (again March 11) as simply “TBA”.

Of course, at this stage, these are all rumors and speculations, and no official event has been confirmed to be taking place by either Microsoft or Bethesda, so we’ll just have to wait a little bit longer to see what the two – soon to be one – companies have in store.

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