One of the most important takeovers in the history of gaming seems to arrive at its definitive conclusion, as the European Commission ruled that it has no objection to the deal between Microsoft and ZeniMax Media. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion. The European Commission has approved the deal, as it found no competition concerns resulting from the takeover.
Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams, because ZeniMax Media owns companies such as Bethesda, Arkane, MachineGames, id Software, and Tango Gent. It is more likely that Bethesda will continue to be an autonomous operation and with the existing administrative composition, as this model has successfully worked in the cases of Mojang (Minecraft), LinkedIn, and GitHub.
Microsoft had announced it would buy ZeniMax last September and promised to respect the agreements that Bethesda had closed with Sony to bring Deathloop and GhostWire: Tokyo exclusively to PlayStation 5. However, Microsoft is expected to have a detailed understanding of projects, especially if they come with a potential exclusivity in Windows PC and Xbox games consoles. This is a major opportunity for Microsoft to establish a strong position in the gaming area.