ZeniMax Media

ZeniMax Media Inc. is an American game developer and publisher of computer and video games. The company has its headquarters in Rockville ( Maryland ) and was founded in 1999 by Bethesda Softworks founder Christopher Weaver and Robert A. Altman.


ZeniMax Media is known as a third party publisher ( "3rd party publisher" ) and as the owner of Bethesda Softworks (developers of The Elder Scrolls and Fallout 3), id Software (developers of Doom ), and Arkane Studios (developers of Dark Messiah of Might and Magic ).

The company ZeniMax is made up of a variety of investors, mostly from the media industry. To the shareholders u heard a German the ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG, CBS, and the risk - capital investors Providence Equity Partners, which came repeated in the past as a donor in publication. Thus, now the ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG has around 9 percent of the shares in ZeniMax Media.

For some time Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Robert S. Trump, brother of the real estate developer Donald Trump on the Supervisory Board are active.


ZeniMax Media was founded in 1999 by Bethesda Softworks founder Christopher Weaver and Robert A. Altman. Weaver's vision was to use Bethesda Softworks as a hybrid media company, which should create cross-media content for a variety of different platforms. Weaver brought Altman as CEO on board, who brought his shares in Bethesda Softworks, so that the new parent company ( ZeniMax Media ) could be financed. Weaver moved in 2002 into a non- operational role.

Under ZeniMax Media developed and published Bethesda The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Bethesda is further Publisher of three new Star Trek games, Star Trek: Legacy (PC / Xbox 360), Star Trek: Tactical Assault ( Nintendo DS / PlayStation Portable), and Star Trek: Encounters ( PlayStation 2).

In 2004, ZeniMax Media acquired the Fallout franchise from Interplay Entertainment. Fallout 3 was released in October 2008.

In 2007 it became known that the risk - capital investors Providence Equity Partners invested again in ZeniMax Media. This includes 9% of ZeniMax Media ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG.

On 24 June 2009 it was announced that ZeniMax Media had bought the independent game developer id Software and future id games are released through Bethesda.

In September 2009, ZeniMax Media acquired the rights to the Prey franchise.

In December 2009, ZeniMax Media acquired the publishing rights to the id Software game Rage, which was originally to be published by Electronic Arts.

On 12 August 2010 ZeniMax Media acquired the independent studio Arkane Studios.

On 3 March 2011 ZeniMax Media announced a partnership with the USC School of Cinematic Arts ( University of Southern California) to support the Department for Interactive Media with an educational program of guest lectures and internships.

ZeniMax Media Developer Studios

The following video game developer studios and brands are the property of ZeniMax Media:

  • Id Software in Dallas (Texas), founded in 1991, acquired 2009
  • Bethesda Softworks in Rockville ( Maryland), founded in 1986, acquired 1999
  • Vir2L Studios ( Mobiltelefon-/Handheld game developer )
  • Mud Duck Productions
  • ZeniMax Online Studios (MMOG developers)
  • Arkane Studios, taken in 2010