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Some fun facts:— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) September 21, 2020
- This is 3x what Microsoft paid for Minecraft/Mojang
- Bethesda and Obsidian are now sister studios. Fallout New Vegas 2 is now actually a possibility
- Microsoft is now releasing two timed PS5 exclusives lol
Microsoft is paying $7.5 billion for Zenimax/Bethesda— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) September 21, 2020
2020 is getting real weird, as Microsoft is now gonna be releasing PS5 exclusives thanks to the Zenimax / Bethesda acquisition— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) September 21, 2020
Games from the Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Dishonored, Prey, Quake, Starfield and other franchises becoming part of Xbox Game Studios and part of Xbox Game Pass makes the Xbox platform / ecosystem significantly more attractive.— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) September 21, 2020
Big investment in Game Pass. https://t.co/loROZIlUom
Buying Bethesda could instantly solve the much discussed 1st party exclusive title problem for Xbox.— Gavin Baker (@GavinSBaker) September 21, 2020
*If* they make Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Starfield Xbox/PC exclusives, then it is a significant shift in the Playstation vs. XBox balance of power.
Three billion people look to gaming for entertainment, community, and achievement and our ambition is to empower each of them, wherever they play. Today is a step forward on that journey as we welcome the beloved studios and franchises of @Bethesda to @Xbox https://t.co/LENQCXTwBg— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) September 21, 2020
I think it's pretty telling that Microsoft hasn't said that IP like Fallout and The Elder Scrolls will remain multiplatform. I think this buy is to help solve Xbox's "no exclusives" problem. PC will get them too, obviously. Xbox + Game Pass benefits massively from this.— Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) September 21, 2020
BREAKING: Microsoft is planning to buy Zenimax/Bethesda, an industry-shaking acquisition that will give Xbox ownership of Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Doom, Wolfenstein, Dishonored, and more. Story hitting Bloomberg shortly— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) September 21, 2020
?Microsoft acquires ZeniMax Media, parent to gaming giant Bethesda, for $7.5b in cash. The deal will boost Microsoft's cloud gaming efforts ahead of its new Xbox launch in Nov. & will present a challenge to Sony, which is releasing its new PS5 in Nov. https://t.co/EkPQOIk8wR— Sara Fischer (@sarafischer) September 21, 2020
Today we (also) announced #XboxGamePass has over 15M members.— Ben Decker (@dckr) September 21, 2020
Thank you to all our fans. Your trust and input have made the service great.
Thank you to the Game Pass team. You're the most passionate and dedicated people I’ve ever worked with. https://t.co/RADiX83X4v.
Hidden in the announcement...— Mat Piscatella (@MatPiscatella) September 21, 2020
"Xbox Game Pass, which has reached a new milestone of over 15 million subscribers."
They announced 10 million subscribers on April 29th.
Subscription continues to be one of the hottest growth areas in gaming spend.
I know it was my 40th birthday this weekend and all, but DAMN Xbox, this seems like WAY too extravagant a gift. ? This is a genuine MEGATON, which doesn’t come around often. Genuine game-changer. Now I’m even more bummed I won’t be on Unlocked tomorrow! https://t.co/ju0o2myCiu— Ryan McCaffrey (@DMC_Ryan) September 21, 2020
Xbox Game Pass hit 15 million subscribers! ?— Catarina Macedo (@CatamyKX) September 21, 2020
I am so excited to see the bright future of this service unfold. It will continue to revolutionize how we discover games, play games and the power of a shared library is amazing to play with friends.https://t.co/UBHrTE38CL
(1/5) For an acquisition like this, I think there are 3 main sources of synergies: platform, cost and business model.— Ashley McEnery (@ashleydiane) September 21, 2020
The success of this deal will likely come down to the last one - how much value @Xbox can extract from putting Zeni on Game Pass https://t.co/TwkCpEeFHI
This announcement is a dream come true for me as a gamer & member of Team Xbox. I have so much admiration for Todd Howard @DCDeacon & all of the incredibly talented members of the team at Bethesda and their many talent studios. Huge welcome to everyone! ? https://t.co/CRlNjk5mcm— Aaron Greenberg ??♂️❎ (@aarongreenberg) September 21, 2020
In a separate post by Bethesda's vice president of PR and marketing Pete Hines, the newly-acquired company said it will still be publishing its own games -- perhaps suggesting some of its games may still come to non-Microsoft systems.https://t.co/rzvq1vP7bR— M. H. Jafarian (@MH_Jafarian) September 21, 2020
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I don't think this will effect Bethesda's games; a bunch of suits exchanged money, there might be some Xbox exclusive stuff here & there, that's it.— Jonah Lobe (@Jonahlobe) September 21, 2020
This was always going to happen - they've been trending more and more corporate for years.https://t.co/qowAl4H7kC
Microsoft this morning announced plans to acquire ZeniMax for $7.5 billion in cash. ZeniMax owns the EBM (#ExactBrandMatch) #domain name ZeniMax(.com) along with other #domains, such as Rage(.com) and Fallout(.com), the company uses for its games.https://t.co/CAKaMIM4E3— MarkUpgrade (@markupgrade) September 21, 2020
Since the news is out I can finally tell this.— Emanuela Zaccone (@Zatomas) September 21, 2020
Bobblehead whispered me the great #Bethesda + #Microsoft news in 2018, at the first #Xbox fan fest in Italy. What a relief to be finally able to confess it! ?
Because I could...right @XboxP3 @moneyrumble? https://t.co/6coCQ3yo3k pic.twitter.com/fRk4pBy5lN
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