ZeniMax Media Acquires id Software

Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:45pm EDT

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Brings together two of world's best game studios

Library of powerhouse franchises will include DOOM, Fallout, The Elder
Scrolls, QUAKE, Wolfenstein and RAGE

ROCKVILLE, Md., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- ZeniMax Media Inc., parent company of
noted game publisher Bethesda Softworks, today announced it has completed the
acquisition of legendary game studio, id Software, creators of world-renowned
games such as DOOM, QUAKE, Wolfenstein, and its upcoming title, RAGE. The
acquisition by ZeniMax Media joins together two of the finest, most respected
videogame developers in the world, combining the first person shooter (FPS)
expertise of id Software with acclaimed role playing game (RPG) developer
Bethesda Game Studios - creators of the 2008 Game of the Year, Fallout 3, and
the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Bethesda Softworks
will publish the titles of id Software other than upcoming releases previously
committed to other publishers. 

Founded in 1991, id Software established itself as an industry leader with
some of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed video games of all
time. id Software created the original first-person shooter, Wolfenstein 3D,
and subsequently set new standards in the genre with the blockbuster releases
of its DOOM and QUAKE titles. In addition, id Software developed cutting edge,
proprietary technology with the id Tech engine which powers many notable FPS
titles, and continues to make great advances in game technology under the
direction of John Carmack, one of the country's technology leaders and a
member of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS) Hall of Fame. 

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."

ZeniMax Media Inc., which is privately held, was founded in 1999 to create
quality interactive entertainment products to meet the growing worldwide
demand. The Company is headquartered in Rockville, MD and maintains offices in
Hunt Valley, MD, London and Tokyo. Among its wholly owned subsidiaries are
Bethesda Softworks, a premier publisher of video games, Vir2L Studios which
develops games for the casual market, and ZeniMax Online Studios, a studio
dedicated to massively multi-player online games (MMOG). 

Bethesda Game Studios, the development group at ZeniMax Media, is one of the
top video game studios in the world. Its most recent release, Fallout 3, was
the 2008 winner of more than 60 Game of the Year awards, including The
Associated Press, Official Xbox Magazine, Yahoo, PC Gamer, IGN, Game Critics
Awards, Game Developer Choice Awards, and Gamespy. Bethesda also created the
2006 PC and Xbox 360(R) Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and
the 2002 PC and Xbox(R) Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. 
Bethesda Game Studios has created 2 of the 10 best games of all time, Fallout
3 and Oblivion, on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation(R) 3 platforms, as reported by
the industry scoring system found at www.metacritic.com and
www.gamerankings.com. 

About ZeniMax Media Inc. 
ZeniMax Media is a preeminent media organization which has brought together a
team of world class game developers, artists and designers, programmers,
producers, and leading executives and talent from traditional media.  ZeniMax
Media creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for
consoles, the PC, and handheld/wireless devices.  ZeniMax Media divisions
include Bethesda Softworks, Vir2L Studios, ZeniMax Europe Ltd., and ZeniMax
Online Studios.  ZeniMax, Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, The Elder
Scrolls, Oblivion, Morrowind and related logos are registered trademarks or
trademarks of ZeniMax Media Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.  Fallout
is a registered trademark or trademark of Bethesda Softworks LLC in the U.S.
and/or other countries.   For more information on ZeniMax Media, visit
www.zenimax.com.

About Bethesda Softworks
Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a
premier developer and worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment
software and has produced numerous award-winning titles, most recently with
2006 PC and Xbox 360(R) Game of the Year and RPG of the Year, The Elder
Scrolls IV: Oblivion(R), and the 2002 PC and Xbox(R) Game of the Year and RPG
of the Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind(R).  Among Bethesda's more
popular franchises are The Elder Scrolls(R) series and Fallout(R). For more
information on Bethesda Softworks' products, visit www.bethsoft.com.  

About id Software
Founded in 1991, id Software has provided technical, design and artistic
leadership as an independent game developer and technology innovator.  id
Software's iconic brands such as Wolfenstein, DOOM, QUAKE and Enemy Territory
have become staples of popular culture for generations of gamers.  More
information on id Software can be found at www.idsoftware.com. id Software,
Wolfenstein, DOOM, QUAKE, RAGE and Enemy Territory and related logos are
registered trademarks owned by ZeniMax Media Inc.



SOURCE  ZeniMax Media Inc.

Pete Hines, +1-301-354-4274, phines@bethsoft.com; or Tracey Thompson,
+1-323-551-6968, traceythompson@gr8danepr.com, both for ZeniMax Media Inc.
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