ZeniMax Online Studios

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ZeniMax Online Studios
Industry Interactive entertainment
Computer and video games
Founded 2007
Headquarters Hunt Valley, Maryland, United States
Key people
Matt Firor (President)
Products List of ZeniMax Online Studios video games
Number of employees
250 (2012)
Parent ZeniMax Media
Website zenimaxonline.com

ZeniMax Online Studios is a subsidiary of ZeniMax Media Inc. specializing in the development of a massively multiplayer online game.[1] The company is in the process of developing The Elder Scrolls Online.[1] ZeniMax Online Studios has around 250 employees.[2] In addition to the main Hunt Valley, Maryland based office, ZeniMax Online also maintains a customer support center in Galway, Ireland as well as an additional office in Austin, Texas.


ZeniMax Online Studios was officially formed in 2007 by ZeniMax Media, and is headed by Matt Firor, a MMOG designer and an 11-year veteran of Mythic Entertainment.[3][4]

The company was built to specialize in the creation of an MMOG.[5] In 2007 the company announced a partnership with Simutronics for the use of HeroEngine.[6]

In June 2008, ZeniMax Online Studios moved into its current office in Hunt Valley.[7]

On March 15, 2010, ZeniMax Online Studios announced that it will be using the Fork Particle SDK to create the particle effects in its unannounced upcoming massively multiplayer game.[8]

On March 15, 2011, ZeniMax Online Studios announced plans to open a customer support center in Galway, Ireland. The company's new facility will provide customer support for players of their future massively multiplayer online games and is expected to result in the creation of hundreds of jobs over the next several years.[9][10]

On August 8, 2011, ZeniMax Online Studios selected Splunk to be its platform for business intelligence, network operations monitoring, and operational intelligence.[11]

On March 6, 2012, ZeniMax Online Studios signed a licensing deal with Elastic Path Software.[12]

On May 3, 2012, Gameinformer Magazine Online announced that ZeniMax Online Studios' MMO in development will take place in The Elder Scrolls universe, approximately a millennium before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.[13] The game, The Elder Scrolls Online, was released in 2014.[14]

Games developed[edit]

Title Year Platform(s)
The Elder Scrolls Online[15] 2014 Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


  1. ^ a b "ZeniMax Online Studios". Zenimaxonline.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  2. ^ "The Elder Scrolls Online: Reinventing a Franchise in an Online World | GamesIndustry International". Gamesindustry.biz. 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  3. ^ Chester, Chris (2007-10-26). "Bethesda MMO studio sees substantial investment | Massively". Massively.joystiq.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  4. ^ Crews, Steven (2007-10-25). "Interview: Matt Firor on ZeniMax Online, MMO Design Philosophy — The MMO Gamer". Mmogamer.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  5. ^ "ZeniMax Online Studios". Zenimaxonline.com. 2007-08-01. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  6. ^ "News - ZeniMax Online Studios Licenses Simutronics HeroEngine For New MMO". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  7. ^ "ZeniMax Online Studios". Zenimaxonline.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  8. ^ "News - ZeniMax Online Adopts Fork Particle Tech For MMO". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  9. ^ "News - Bethesda Sibling ZeniMax Online Founding Ireland Office To Support 'Future MMOs'". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  10. ^ Chester, Chris (2007-11-26). "Zenimax Online bulks up with HeroEngine | Massively". Massively.joystiq.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  11. ^ "ZeniMax Online Studios Selects Splunk as its Engine for Machine Data". Splunk. 2011-08-08. Retrieved 2013-02-02. 
  12. ^ "ZeniMax Online Studios". Elastic Path. 2012-03-06. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  13. ^ "Game Informer announces The Elder Scrolls Online | Bethesda Blog". Bethblog.com. 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 
  14. ^ Sliva, Marty (2013-06-10). "E3 2013: Elder Scrolls Online Coming to PS4, Xbox One". IGN. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  15. ^ Gardner, Jack (2012-05-03). "June Cover Revealed: The Elder Scrolls Online - Features". www.GameInformer.com. Retrieved 2013-01-21. 

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