I understand that we all love gaming and really we care about the Zenimax Media acquisition because it its connection to Bethesda, I think we are overestimating Bethesda’s importance to Microsoft. Currently Microsoft’s big money makes are Windows and Azure. Besides gaming, Zenimax media had two major divisions: VR and Orion Streaming. I’ve always thought MS justified the purchase of Zenimax on those two things alone. Any benefit that Orion can bring Azure would justify only $7.5 B plus MS has always said that they wanted to increase there VR division to a competitive level by 2023(when they originally planned the newest Windows OS to launch).
Bethesda was just icing on the cake to sell to the media and benefit Xbox but the purchase really already pays for itself.
While it’s an overall combination of everything, for me personally, I care about the games. VR and streaming means nothing if you don’t have games in general since you wouldn’t have nothing to stream and VR is worthless if there’s no game support for it.
I care about Tango Gameworks, Arkane, Machine Games, Id and BGS to where I should get some amazing exclusive games this generation. Anything else is just a bonus.
Bethesda basically handed MS the second largest IP this side of GTA (F2P stuff excluded)…and lots of other decent titles to launch on gamepass.
It’s highly amusing to see certain fanboys exault gamepass as “6/10, not AAA, death of single player” when we get Starfield, Elder Scrolls and Fallout with 200 hour campaigns on a $10 a month service vs. $70 for your 18 hour walking sim.
Oddly enough, The Elder Scrolls on Stadia and Luna would have been enough for both of them to get off the ground.
Denying them that was worthwhile, the purchase serves many purposes.
I agree because I play games and that’s it. But I’m saying from MSs perspective I could imagine it’s the exact opposite and everyone talking about “how is Bethesda going to make up that money” doesn’t cross there mind cause that wasn’t why they bought it.
I agree. Microsoft is a trillion dollar company and simply aren’t worried about making back the $7.5B spent on ZeniMax. Their July/August/September quarter was around $7B or something like that so they basically made back the money before they even spent it. lmao.