Microsoft + Bethesda Is Official! But About Those Exclusive Games… (VL431)




It’s Official! Microsoft is now the proud owners of a bouncing baby Bethesda (or more precisely it’s parent Zenimax, but that confuses the metaphor).

Now that things are actually closed (and $7.5B has changed hands), Microsoft can get to the hard work of figuring out just exactly what they are going to do with the likes of Starfield, Elder Scrolls, Arkane, and the rest. Full exclusives? Timed exclusives? Differing price points?

And with Game Pass as the end, it finds itself with an overabundance of means.

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Discussed in this episode:

“Officially Welcoming Bethesda to Team Xbox”
Xbox News Blog – March 9, 2021 – Phil Spencer
https://news.xbox.com/en-us/2021/03/09/officially-welcoming-bethesda-to-the-xbox-family/

“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/

“What Microsoft and Bethesda’s Big Deal Means For Xbox And Gaming (VL320)”
YouTube Video – September 21, 2020 – Hoeg Law

“NOT MERGED YET: On Microsoft, Bethesda, and Securities Law (Form S-4) (VL429)”
YouTube Video – March 5, 2021 – Hoeg Law

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