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Virtual Legality Episode 320

What Microsoft and Bethesda's Big Deal Means For Xbox And Gaming

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10m Sep 21, 2020
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Microsoft and Xbox have just announced the biggest acquisition (non-mobile category) in the video game industry's young history, agreeing to purchase ZeniMax Media (including subsidiaries like Bethesda and id) for a cool US $7.5 billion.

But with such a big step even bigger questions abound.

What will happen to titles like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Wolfenstein, DOOM, Quake, and Starfield?

To titles slated for timed-release on Sony's PlayStation 5 (PS5) like Deathloop and Ghostwire?

What are the implications for Gamepass?

And what will a gaming industry where Microsoft is willing to throw around some significant portion of that trillion dollar market capitalization wind up looking like?

Some will say this spells Doom, but we think the Fallout will be far more positive...in Virtual Legality.

#MS #Zenimax #Bethesda


Discussed in this episode:

"China's Tencent Buys Control of Clash of Clans Maker for $8.6 Billion"
Bloomberg - June 21, 2016
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-21/tencent-leads-8-6-billion-deal-for-clash-of-clans-game-studio

"Microsoft to Buy Bungie? When is a Denial Not Really a Denial? (VL314)"
YouTube Video - September 15, 2020 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/coA9C4S3ZCU

"Pressing Pause on Microsoft/WB Games Rumors (VL259)"
YouTube Video - July 6, 2020 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/MrgotWNvLhs

"Welcoming the Talented Teams and Beloved Game Franchises of Bethesda to Xbox"
Xbox News Blog - September 21, 2020 - Phil Spencer
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2020/09/21/welcoming-bethesda-to-the-xbox-family/

"Microsoft to Acquire ZeniMax Media and Its Game Publisher Bethesda Softworks"
PR Newswire - September 21, 2020
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/microsoft-to-acquire-zenimax-media-and-its-game-publisher-bethesda-softworks-301134492.html

"Sony purchased Insomniac Games for $229M"
Polygon - February 10, 2020 - Ryan Gilliam
https://www.polygon.com/2020/2/10/21131899/sony-purchase-acquisition-insomniac-games-2019-2020-spider-man-sunset-overdrive-ratchet-clank

"EA just spent $400 million to make sure the next big 'Star Wars' game actually comes out"
Business Insider - November 10, 2017 - Ben Gilbert
https://www.businessinsider.com/ea-buys-respawn-star-wars-titanfall-2017-11

"Xbox Game Pass hits 10 million subscribers"
The Verge - April 29, 2020 - Jacob Kastrenakes
https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/29/21242004/xbox-game-pass-10-million-subscribers-microsoft-q3-2020-earnings

"Merger Review"
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Website
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/media-resources/mergers-and-competition/merger-review

"TODD HOWARD ON JOINING XBOX"
Bethesda News Blog - September 21, 2020
https://bethesda.net/en/article/4IwKWIj174Cb2QNTTtBAEb/todd-howard-on-joining-xbox

"WHY MICROSOFT IS THE PERFECT FIT"
Bethesda News Blog - Pete Hines - September 21, 2020
https://bethesda.net/en/article/1iLtcvwY6Nb1GeKADyDUEX/why-microsoft-is-the-perfect-fit

"Microsoft buying Bethesda and Zenimax for $7.5bn"
Eurogamer - September 21, 2020 - Tom Phillips
https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2020-09-21-microsoft-buying-zenimax-parent-company-of-bethesda-id-software-and-more-report


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

CHECK OUT THE REST OF VIRTUAL LEGALITY HERE:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy9YAU61GoW-00K0TJOGnPCo

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.


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