The European Commission has given its nod to the merger between Microsoft and ZeniMax – without any conditions.
The European Commission has officially approved the takeover of the Bethesda parent company ZeniMax, valued at US $ 7.5 billion. Microsoft asked for approval in February, as is necessary for mergers of this size due to possible cartel formation.
Now the commission has on theirs Website announced that the takeover is unconditionally approved. Microsoft is one step further to incorporate the studios under the patronage of Bethesda and ZeniMax. This of course includes the Elder Scrolls and Fallout developer Bethesda Game Studios, Arkane (Dishonored), MachineGames (Wolfenstein) and a few more.
In the past, Xbox’s Phil Spencer hinted that future titles created under Microsoft’s aegis could be exclusive to Xbox and PC by claiming that the multi-billion dollar investment could be amortized without the company’s games on others Publish platforms as the Microsoft ecosystem. Todd Howard, head of Bethesda Game Studios, on the other hand, indicated that he found it difficult to imagine that The Elder Scrolls 6 would be available exclusively for a console.