MICROSOFT BUYS DOOM MAKER IN £5.9BN DEAL
MICROSOFT has bought the owner of gaming hits Doom and Fallout in a deal worth $7.5bn (£5.9bn).
The move sees the tech giant take control of ZeniMax Media, which owns Bethesda Softworks, maker of well-known titles including The Elder Scrolls, Skyrim and Wolfenstein.
It comes as the firm prepares to release its next-generation Xbox console in November, going head-to-head with Sony’s new PS5 in the run-up to Christmas.
Microsoft said the acquisition will mean Bethesda’s franchises will be available through its Xbox Game Pass
subscription service, with “intent” to bring future games on board the same day they launch on Xbox or PC.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer described the partnership as a “landmark step” in their journey together and makes it “an awesome time to be an Xbox fan”.