Microsoft Buys Some Videogames

Microsoft swiping

Francis Scialabba

Yesterday, Microsoft announced plans to acquire ZeniMax, the parent company of videogame studio Bethesda Softworks, for $7.5 billion.  It’s not quite TikTok  But it comes with a lot fewer headaches…and popular gaming titles like Elder Scrolls, Doom, Fallout, Dishonored, and Starfield.  The acquisition highlights Microsoft’s shift toward a subscription-based gaming model ahead of the November 10 release of its two new Xbox consoles.  Before…Microsoft valued exclusivity. It made its biggest games, like the Halo series, playable only for people who owned an Xbox. Now…Microsoft doesn’t care as much about where you play its games, the Verge writes. What’s important is that subscribers to Microsoft’s subscription service, Game Pass, get first access to the most popular games. Bottom line: Buying Bethesda allows Microsoft to cut down on costly licensing fees and revenue sharing agreements with other studios. Its new recipe for success? Feeding its 15 million Xbox Game Pass subscribers a healthy diet of popular games made in-house. + While we’re here: Go deeper into Microsoft’s plans for dominating cloud videogaming with our breakdown of all the major players. 

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