Id Software bought by Bethesda parent company - Update
ZeniMax Media Inc., the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, has acquired id Software.
Via press release ZeniMax Media Inc. has announced the complete acquisition of id Software. ZeniMax Media is the parent company of Bethesda Softworks who are known for games like Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Id Software is most famous for the creation of early FPS games and the id Tech Engines. The developer studio is currently working on Rage. Bethesda Softworks will publish the titles of id Software other than upcoming releases previously committed to other publishers.
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Excerpt from the press release:
Todd Hollenshead, CEO of id Software, commented on the transaction: "This was a unique opportunity to team with a smart, sophisticated publisher like Bethesda Softworks where the interests of the studio and the publisher will be fully aligned in the development and marketing of our titles. In addition, we will now have financial and business resources to support the future growth of id Software, a huge advantage which will result in more and even better games for our fans."
id Software will continue to operate as a studio under the direction of its founder, John Carmack. No changes will be made in the operations of id Software in the development of its games. All the principals at id Software have signed long-term employment contracts, assuring they will continue in their roles developing games at the studio.
"This puts id Software in a wonderful position going forward," said John Carmack, who will continue to serve in his current role as Technical Director. "We will now be able to grow and extend all of our franchises under one roof, leveraging our capabilities across multiple teams while enabling forward looking research to be done in the service of all of them. We will be bigger and stronger, as we recruit the best talent to help us build the landmark games of the future. As trite as it may be for me to say that I am extremely pleased and excited about this deal, I am."
Robert Altman, the founder, Chairman & CEO of ZeniMax Media stated, "We, along with many others, consider id Software to be among the finest game studios in the world, with extraordinary design, artistic and technical capabilities. They have demonstrated, repeatedly, that rare ability to create franchise properties that are critical and commercial successes. Our intention is to make sure id Software will continue to do what they do best - make AAA games. Our role will be to provide publisher support through Bethesda Softworks and give id Software the resources it needs to grow and expand."
Update June 26, 2009
More and more information and statements are revealed. John Carmack talked to Venturebeat and said that id Software did not have interest in being taken over by a big publisher. Activision and Electronic Arts would have been the first choices since id had publishing contracts with both companies. According to Carmack they did not want to be one of many studios which had been the case with Activision-Blizzard or Electronic Arts. Furthermore id would probably have to do corporate changes. Id does not want to compete with other shooter studios and with Zenimax they are the only one. Another essential fact for going with Zenimax was Fallout 3. Id appreciated the success Bethesda had with the niche product Fallout 3 and is looking forward to developing titles for them in the future.
Furthermore Carmack pointed out the advantage of being a publisher themselves. The big publishers always had problems with games without having the license for a sequel first.
In the future id will publish iPhone games every two or three months. The first games will be classics; afterwards new games will be developed. They probably will all be successful in case Carmack is responsible for them.
Update July 10, 2009
New information about the deal between Zenimax and id has emerged. According to an intern announcement Zenimax has payed 105 million USD for id Software - the origin of this sum has not been revealed yet. According to the report on gamespot.com it is also unknown whether that is the final sum.
Furthermore the announcement states that Todd Hollenshead, former CEO and President of id Software, is now part of the supervisory board. Jerry Bruckheimer, one of the most successful Hollywood film producers and newly founder of his games company Jerry Bruckheimer Games has also a chair there.
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