Bethesda’s Parent Company Acquires id Software

24 Jun 2009  by   Paul Younger
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ZeniMax Media Inc. has announced it has completed its acquisition of id Software.
ZeniMax certainly look in a strong position, as it’s the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, who you may remember from a few little titles like Oblivion and Fallout 3.
Todd Hollenshead, id Software’s CEO, explains the decision. “This was a unique opportunity to team with a smart, sophisticated publisher like Bethesda Softworks where the interests of the studio and the publisher will be fully aligned in the development and marketing of our titles. In addition, we will now have financial and business resources to support the future growth of id Software, a huge advantage which will result in more and even better games for the fans.”
id Software will continue to work as a studio under id founder John Carmack, and id looks to remain stable through the acquisition. Apparently, no changes to the development of games are being made, and “all the principals at id Software” have signed long-term employment contracts.
“This puts id Software in a wonderful position going forward,” says Carmack. “We will be bigger and stronger, as we recruit the best talent to help us build the landmark games of the future. As trite as it may be to say that I am extremely pleased and excited about this deal, I am.”
Robert Altman, the founder, chairman, and CEO of ZeniMax media, has stated “We, along with many others, consider id Software to be among the finest game studios in the world, with extraordinary design, artistic and technical capabilities. […] Our intention is to make sure id Software will continue to do what they do best – make AAA games. Our role will be to provide publisher support through Bethesda Softworks and give id Software the resources it needs to grow and expand.”
So it seems like business as usual, but with id having a bigger base to work from. This can’t be a bad thing.
id Software is currently working on open-world driving-shooter thing Rage. From ZeniMax’s perspective, they now have Doom, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Quake, Wolfenstein, and Rage. That’s an impressive set of franchises by any standards.

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