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Bristol Post - - GAME ON -

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”.


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