Microsoft-Bethesda Acquisition Takes Two Major Steps Towards Completion



build muscle

wow warcraft alliance horde cataclysm leveling guide




Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax (which includes Bethesda) has taken two major steps towards completion, after being approved by both the European Commission and the SEC.In the US, the SEC – the country’s agency in charge of preventing market manipulation – published a notice of effectiveness, which acts as a declaration that a company registration has been accepted. In this case, it was accepting an S-4 registration, which marks a merger or acquisition.

The European Commission, meanwhile, has provided an Article 6(1)(b) decision, which approves the merger without changes or opposition, and says it “does not raise serious doubts as to its compatibility with the common market.”

A statement from the EC reads: “The Commission concluded that the proposed acquisition would raise no competition concerns, given the combined entity’s limited market position upstream and the presence of strong downstream competitors in the distribution of video games. The transaction was examined under the normal merger review procedure.”

While neither approval makes the merger official, and Microsoft and ZeniMax have not yet made statements, these represent major steps forwards for the $7.5 billion USD deal, which brings Bethesda Game Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango GameWorks and more into the Microsoft fold.

EU documents previously suggested that Microsoft was setting up a new subsidiary, Vault to complete the deal, although it’s still unclear if this is simply a holding business, or a more formal studios brand (in the same vein as the existing Xbox Game Studios).

Microsoft isn’t actively planning Bethesda’s future until the acquisition is complete, but we’re heard a lot about its intentions. While Bethesda and its studios will continue to run semi-independently, Microsoft wants Bethesda games to be “first, better, or best” on Xbox. “[I]f you think about something like Game Pass,” said Xbox CFO Tim Stuart last year, “if it shows up best in Game Pass, that’s what we want to see, and we want to drive our Game Pass subscriber base through that Bethesda pipeline.”

Much of the interest around the deal lies around whether Bethesda games will become Xbox exlusives. Both sides have said this will likely be a case-by-case decision, but Bethesda boss Todd Howard previously explained that it’s “hard to imagine” The Elder Scrolls 6 being a full exclusive.

We’ve contacted Microsoft for comment on the approvals.

Joe Skrebels is IGN’s Executive Editor of News. Follow him on Twitter. Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com.

You can view the original article HERE.

Grounded Full Release Available Now with Game Pass
World War II turn-based Strategic Mind: Fight for Freedom is
Call of Duty: Next Announces Major Intel for Call of
Classic platformer inspired Roar of Revenge really looks the part
Game developers explain what makes God of War (2018)’s combat
Gotham Knights: Four game experiences in one
Gran Turismo 7 Update 1.20 delivers four new vehicles, new
Welcome to The World’s Fair hotel with amenities to die
Reminder: Fortnite’s Dragon Ball Crossover Event Is Now Live, Here’s
Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection (Nintendo Switch)
ElecHead Review
Review: Before We Leave (Nintendo Switch)
Tower of Fantasy player discovers upsetting bug
Mod makes Halo’s Master Chief into a Yakuza enforcer
Destiny 2 cheat maker claims it hasn’t harmed the game,
Game engine developer Unity signs lucrative contract with US Defense
CYBERPUNK 2077 Walkthrough Gameplay Part 1
RAMBO THE VIDEO GAME Gameplay Trailer
MotoGP™ 18 The Official Videogame
A WAY OUT Walkthrough Gameplay Part 1
PLAYSTATION SHOWCASE 2021
First Look at Bayonetta 3 Gameplay – Nintendo Switch
Little Nightmares II
Top 10 Best Live Action Video Game Trailers
2K quietly delists four WWE games
Blazblue Creator Toshimichi Mori Leaves ArcSys
Final Fantasy and Assassin’s Creed Are Joining Magic: The Gathering
Deathloop Hits Xbox Next Week, New Update Includes Extended Ending,