Bethesda Softworks LLC is an American video game publisher based in Rockville, Maryland. Christopher Weaver is the founder of the company. Games by BattleCry Studios, MacgineGames, Zenimax Online Studios, Tango Gameworks are being published by Bethesda. Let’s learn more about this company.
In 1986 Christopher Weaver founded the company as a division of an engineering research film called Media Technology Limited or for short MTL. Weaver wanted to develop games in the PC market and that is why he founded Bethesda. The president of the company, Vlatko Andonov, explained that Weaver planned on naming the company Softworks, but couldn’t, because the name was already taken.
The first physics-based sports simulation, Gridiron was created by Bethesda Softworks. The company was based in Rockville, Maryland and it worked on numerous projects like The Elder Scrolls RPG. In 1994, The Elder Scrolls: Arena, which is the first chapter of The Elder Scrolls RPG, was released.
The company is credited with publishing titles based upon movie franchises, including Star Trek, The Terminator, and The Pirates of the Caribbean. Flashpoint productions is the company’s development studio, which they have gotten in 1995. The Elder Scroll’s chapters Battlespire and Redguard appeared in 1997 and in 1998, but didn’t gain success like Arena did.
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Robert A Altman founded a new parent company for Bethesda Softworks, named ZeniMax Media. In 2002, Bethesda Game Studios was established which made Bethesda a publishing company of ZeniMax Media. Same year, ZeniMax stopped being employer of Weaver, so Weaver filed a lawsuit against it, claiming his business partners betrayed him. The parties settled out of court in 2007, and Weaver remained a major shareholder in the company. Starting with next year, the company opened branches of publishing in London, Paris, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Benelux, and Sydney. ZeniMax Media acquired id Software in 2009.
Awards And Achievements
Bethesda was nominated for few of the game awards in 2017. So far it hasn’t received any important awards, but noone can know what the future may hold for them.
Bethesda Softworks’ net worth is estimated up to $2.5 billion. Most of its earnings come from the development and publishing of video games, including Doom, Rage, Dishonored series, The Evil Within series, and Rogue Warrior. Bethesda is assocciated with numerous controversies, including the one in 2001 when the company published Russian developers’ media developed gamed Echelon and refused to pay them.