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Microsoft owns Bethesda after Europe's approval


The European Commission has approved Microsoft's $7.5 billion deal to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of developer Studio Bethesda for Doom and Fallout.

Microsoft's deal was approved by the European Union unconditionally, as it did not raise serious doubts about its compatibility with the common market.

The acquisition requires EU approval before Microsoft can close the Bethesda deal and bring future games to its Xbox Game Pass subscription.

Microsoft studios have 23 after the addition of Bethesda Sub Studios.

Bethesda owns studios such as Arkane developer Dishonored, Wolfenstein's MachineGames, Doom's developer Id Software, and Tango Gameworks, the developer of The Evil Within.

Microsoft appears to be planning to keep Bethesda operating separately, with its current leadership, having succeeded with Mojang, LinkedIn, and GitHub, all of which continued to operate separately after being acquired by Microsoft.

Microsoft originally announced its plans to acquire Bethesda in September and promised to honor PS5's exclusive commitments to Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo, while continuing to support games such as The Elder Scrolls: Online.

Microsoft is supposed to deal with future Bethesda games on a case-by-case basis, according to comments by Microsoft's gaming chief Phil Spencer in September.

Microsoft may not even have to launch future Bethesda games exclusively on Xbox platforms, as the mere presence of those games on the first day via Xbox Game Pass may be enough to attract players to sign up.

Spencer has questioned the feasibility of exclusive gaming deals recently, and Microsoft's plans for Xbox platforms are largely focused on Xbox Game Pass and xCloud to stream games that reach millions more.

Microsoft is said to be planning to outline its plans for Xbox later this month.

It is rumored that the future of gaming may be held on March 23, and maybe an ideal opportunity for Microsoft to discuss the future of Bethesda and xCloud via iOS and its plans for the Xbox Game Pass.