Bethesda Parent Company Acquires id Software

June 24, 2009 Written by Dan Massi


In an unexpected move, Bethesda Software’s parent company, ZeniMax, has acquired DOOM developer id Software.

The press release stated the following:

“No changes will be made in the operations of id Software in the development of its games. id Software will continue to operate as a studio under the direction of its founder, John Carmack … All the principals at id Software have signed long-term employment contracts, assuring they will continue in their roles developing games in the future.”

Both Robert Altman (founder and CEO of ZeniMax Media) and Todd Hollenshead discussed the acquisition:

“Our role will be to provide publisher support through Bethesda Softworks and give id Software the resources it needs to grow and expand,” Altman explained, “Our intention is to make sure id Software will continue to do what they do best – make AAA games.” Hollenshead also agrees that the acquisition will be better for the future of the company, “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.”

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