After Microsoft acquired ZeniMax and subsidiaries, including Bethesda, for $7.5 billion, the company formally dissolved its board. Pete Hines, the firm’s senior vice president of marketing and communications, announced the termination.
ZeniMax’s board of directors was made up of big names
In an email to GameSpot, Hines said that “the previous ZeniMax Media Board of Directors has been dissolved.” The names that made up the company’s board included Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Ernest Del, Cal Ripken Jr, former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves and various executives from several industries, including the former MGM CEO. Meanwhile, Robert Trump, brother of former US president Donald Trump, was on the board until his death.
Hines said in a statement that over the years, they have applied to Bethesda many times to make Fallout and Elder Scrolls films. However, he said the company’s board rejected the offers each time because of his recommendations. Bethesda, meanwhile, is currently running a Fallout TV series project on Amazon, including Westworld’s Jonathan Nolan, produced by Lisa Joy.
ZeniMax’s $7.5 billion acquisition of Microsoft was tencent’s second-largest acquisition of a video game company in history, following an $8.6 billion payment to buy Clash of Clans developer Supercell. With the acquisition, Microsoft acquired the rights to huge gaming franchises such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom, Wolfenstein, and incorporated bethesda’s entire studio.
Following the acquisition, Xbox boss Phil Spencer said Bethesda would release games on any platform that supports Game Pass and currently excludes PlayStation. In addition, following the completion of the sale of ZeniMax to Microsoft, Game Pass included 20 Bethesda games, including Skyrim.