Bethesda Softworks

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Bethesda Softworks, LLC
Industry Interactive entertainment
Computer and video games
Founded Bethesda, Maryland, United States (1986)
Headquarters Rockville, Maryland, United States
Key people
Vlatko Andonov (President)
Todd Vaughn (VP Development)
Pete Hines (VP PR & Marketing)
Ron Seger (VP Sales)
Todd Howard (Executive Producer, Game Director)
Ashley Cheng (Production Director)
Products List of Bethesda Softworks video games
Parent ZeniMax Media
Subsidiaries Bethesda Game Studios
ZeniMax Online Studios
id Software
Arkane Studios
Tango Gameworks
BattleCry Studios[1]

Bethesda Softworks, LLC is an American video game publisher. A subsidiary of ZeniMax Media, the company was originally based in Bethesda, Maryland,[2] and eventually moved to their current location in Rockville, Maryland. Consisting of a broad portfolio of games in role-playing, racing, simulation, and sports, Bethesda Softworks' major franchises are distributed worldwide.


Bethesda has been a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment content for over two decades. In 2001 Bethesda Softworks became a publisher only and the newly formed Bethesda Game Studios became the developer of their games. Founded in 1986 by Christopher Weaver in Bethesda, Maryland, and moved to Rockville, Maryland in 1990, the company has a long history of PC and console games. In 1999, Christopher Weaver and Robert Altman founded ZeniMax Media, Inc.

Bethesda is credited with the creation of the first physics-based sports simulation (Gridiron!) in 1986 for the Atari ST, Commodore Amiga and Commodore 64/128. Early games scored respectably in the gaming press.[3][4]

The company is best known for creating The Elder Scrolls RPG series, based upon the original programming of Julian Lefay. The first chapter of the series, entitled The Elder Scrolls: Arena, was released in 1994. Since that time, numerous other chapters have been released. The game's direct sequels, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim were released in 1996, 2002, 2006 and 2011, respectively. Additionally, the game has had three spin-offs: Battlespire (1997), Redguard (1998), and The Elder Scrolls Travels series.

Bethesda Softworks is also known for publishing titles based upon popular movie franchises, including The Terminator, Star Trek and Pirates of the Caribbean.

In 2004, the Fallout franchise was acquired by Bethesda Softworks from Interplay Productions and the development of Fallout 3 was handed over to Bethesda Game Studios. Fallout 3 was released on October 28, 2008. Five downloadable content packs for Fallout 3 were released in the year following its release—Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout and Mothership Zeta. Obsidian Entertainment's new Fallout title, Fallout: New Vegas was published in 2010. Fallout 4 was announced on June 4, 2015 with a release date of November 10, 2015, announced at E3.

The company continues to expand their publishing into new franchises, releasing Wet and Rogue Warrior in 2010, and Splash Damage's Brink and inXile Entertainment's Hunted: The Demon's Forge in 2011.

On June 24, 2009, Bethesda's parent company, ZeniMax Media, acquired id Software, whose titles, including Rage, would be published by Bethesda Softworks.[5] It was later announced that all games using the new id Tech 5 game engine will be published by them.

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  1. ^ "STUDIOS". Bethesda Softworks. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  2. ^ "Company Profile". ZeniMax Media. Archived from the original on 2014-02-09. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  3. ^ Walker, Jeff (September 1989). "Wayne Gretzky Hockey". Amiga Computing 2 (4). Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  4. ^ Kennedy, John (December 1989). "It is the Orangeblobs v. the Blackblobs: GRIDIRON!". Amiga Computing. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  5. ^ "ZeniMax Media Acquires id Software". PR Newswire. 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 

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