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Microsoft Will Consider Buying More Video Game Companies in the Future, Satya Nadella Says

Earlier this week Microsoft announced the takeover of the US publisher Bethesda Softworks. As leading heads of the Redmond company announced, further video game companies takeovers cannot be ruled out.


At the beginning of the week, Microsoft dropped a bombshell and announced the takeover of the US publisher Bethesda Softworks. Microsoft Studios such as id Software, MachineGames, or Arkane Studios as well as well-known brands such as The Elder Scrolls or Fallout secured themselves through the takeover, which was worth around 7.5 billion.

Despite the costly purchase of Bethesda Softworks, Microsoft says it is open to the takeover of additional video game companies with which the Xbox Game Studios could be strengthened.

“You can’t wake up one day and say, ‘Let me build a game studio,” said Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella, commenting on the current developments around his company and the takeover of Bethesda Softworks. Therefore, Microsoft will consider further acquisitions in order to be able to position itself even broader in terms of content and target groups than was the case in previous years.

As Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, added, Bethesda Softworks will operate semi-independently under the umbrella of Xbox Game Studios in the future. According to Spencer, the goal is not to firmly integrate the publisher into the internal structures.

“We’ll always look for places where there is that commonality of purpose, mission and culture. We will always look to grow inorganically where it makes sense,” Nadella concluded.