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Microsoft acquires ZeniMax for $7.5 bn, grabs some of world's biggest games

Gamers have long complained that Microsoft's Xbox consoles lacked the type of exclusive, high-quality games that Sony promotes as a major selling point for its PlayStation

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Analysts and gamers praised the deal and said it demonstrated the company’s commitment to improving its game options for Xbox users. Photo: Shutterstock

Kellen Browning, Steve Lohr | NYT
Microsoft landed a major blow in its decades-long battle with its video game industry rival Sony on Monday, announcing the $7.5 billion acquisition of a video game company that narrowed the gap between the two tech giants’ offerings.

By buying the game maker ZeniMax Media, the parent company of gaming studios like Bethesda, Microsoft gained control of major gaming titles like The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom, Quake and Wolfenstein. The deal allows Microsoft to counter criticism that it lags behind Sony in the quality of its games while deepening its game catalog seven weeks before both Microsoft and Sony release a

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First Published: Sep 22 2020 | 8:30 AM IST

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