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Xbox confirm $7.5b deal for Skyrim & Fallout creators Bethesda

Published: 21/Sep/2020 14:33 Updated: 21/Sep/2020 15:05

by Matt Porter

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Microsoft has announced that they have entered into an agreement to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of game developers Bethesda Softworks who’ve made games like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, and more. 

With the console wars once again reignited ahead of both Microsoft and Sony’s next-gen offerings in the coming months, Team Xbox have announced a major move that will see them become owners of one of the most recognizable game developers in the world, welcoming them in a press release on Monday, September 21.

That means Microsoft and Xbox are now in control of some of gaming’s most popular and legendary franchises, such as The Elder Scrolls and Fallout, and have dealt a big blow to Sony and PlayStation, especially should they choose to make those games exclusive to their platform.

Skyrim character walking in-game.
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The Elder Scrolls” Skyrim is one of the most popular games ever released.

Unsurprisingly, the deal won’t come cheap for Xbox, with Bethesda confirming in their press release that Microsoft are paying $7.5 billion cash to complete the acquisition of ZeniMax, with the deal including all of the company’s publishing offices and development studios across the globe, and all of their best-selling franchises including The Elder Scrolls, Quake, Wolfenstein, and more.

“Bethesda’s games have always had a special place on Xbox, and in the hearts of millions of gamers around the world,” writes Xbox head Phil Spencer. “Our teams have a close and storied history working together, just as they took the bold first steps to bring The Elder Scrolls franchise to the original Xbox, we will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass for console and PC.”

“One of the things that has me most excited is seeing the roadmap with Bethesda’s future games, some announced and many unannounced, to Xbox console and PC including Starfield. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been excited to share more details on important elements of a plan we’ve been building towards for years. A plan that is the fulfillment of a promise, to you the Xbox player, to deliver the most performant, immersive, and compatible next-generation gaming experiences, and the freedom to play blockbuster games with your friends anytime, anywhere.”

Fallout 76 players in survival mode.
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Xbox are hoping to bring Bethesda’s blockbuster titles to their Series X console.

Whether or not Bethesda releases will become exclusive to Xbox Series X, S, and PCs following this deal remains to be seen, but it’s likely that players on the Microsoft-owned platform will receive DLC and possibly new titles ahead of their Sony brethren, although has yet to be confirmed by either Microsoft of the developers themselves.

The deal is by far one of the biggest Microsoft have ever undertaken, paying three times as much as they did for Minecraft creators Mojang. Bethesda already has a deal with Sony to release Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo on PlayStation 5 first.

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Marvel reassembles with Team Liquid for esports apparel until 2022

Published: 23/Oct/2020 21:33

by Adam Fitch

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Entertainment giant Marvel and Team Liquid have renewed their partnership and released a new collection to celebrate.

Over a year on from the initial announcement of Team Liquid helping Marvel enter the esports industry, the collaboration has now been extended for another year.

Now lasting through to 2022, the partnership’s renewal has been commemorated with the release of retro-themed hoodies, sweatpants, shorts, and t-shirts.

The collection features 8-bit interpretations of Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, and Thor alongside Team Liquid branding. They collaborated with artist Pixel Jeff on the limited apparel range.

Marvel Team Liquid Retro Collection
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Marvel and Team Liquid have released a collection with retro designs.

Since entering the industry with Team Liquid in June 2019, Marvel have released a number of collaborative clothing lines with the org including both esports-focused designs and more casual, streetwear items.

It’s said that original content will be a component of the extended partnership, though no specific plans have been unveiled at the time of writing.

More co-branded merchandise and apparel will come from Team Liquid and Marvel. So far, they’ve used designs of The Avengers, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America, Black Widow, X-Men, The Hulk, and Thor.

“We’re excited to continue our team-up with Marvel,” said Team Liquid owner Steve Arhancet. “Both of our brands are built around compelling narratives: heroes, rivalries, triumph and even, overcoming hardships. And, there’s so many more stories for us to tell together through custom apparel, original content and other fan offerings.”

Marvel, who are owned by The Walt Disney Company, also partnered with Australian organization The Chiefs in a two-year deal, which was announced in February this year.

The extension with Team Liquid shows that the company are serious about esports after successfully completing their first year in the industry, and that can only be a good sign for the future.