ZeniMax Online Studios

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ZeniMax Online Studios LLC
Subsidiary
IndustryVideo games
FoundedAugust 1, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-08-01)
FounderMatt Firor
Headquarters,
US
Key people
Matt Firor (president)
Number of employees
250 (2012)
ParentZeniMax Media
Websitezenimaxonline.com

ZeniMax Online Studios LLC is an American video game developer and a subsidiary of ZeniMax Media, specializing in massively multiplayer online games.[1] The company developed The Elder Scrolls Online and its downloadable content.[1] ZeniMax Online Studios had around 250 employees in 2012.[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.

History[edit]

The formation of ZeniMax Online Studios was announced by ZeniMax Media on August 1, 2007, to be headed by Matt Firor, a massively multiplayer online game designer and veteran of Mythic Entertainment.[3]

The company was built to specialize in the creation of a massively multiplayer online game.[4] In 2007 the company announced a partnership with Simutronics for the use of HeroEngine.[5] In June 2008, ZeniMax Online Studios moved into its current office in Hunt Valley.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8][9] On August 8, 2011, ZeniMax Online Studios selected Splunk to be its platform for business intelligence, network operations monitoring, and operational intelligence.[10] On March 6, 2012, ZeniMax Online Studios signed a licensing deal with Elastic Path Software.[11] On May 3, 2012, Game Informer announced that ZeniMax Online Studios's video game in development will take place in The Elder Scrolls universe, approximately a millennium before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.[12] The game, The Elder Scrolls Online, was released in 2014.[13]

Microsoft announced on September 21, 2020, that it had agreed to acquire ZeniMax Media for US$7.5 billion, with the deal to close by the second half of 2021.[14]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s) Notes
2014 The Elder Scrolls Online[15] macOS, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Stadia
2018 Fallout 76 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One Additional work[16]
TBA Commander Keen[17] Android, iOS

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ZeniMax Online Studios". Zenimaxonline.com. Archived from the original on September 13, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  2. ^ "The Elder Scrolls Online: Reinventing a Franchise in an Online World | GamesIndustry International". Gamesindustry.biz. July 17, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  3. ^ Dobson, Jason (August 1, 2007). "Bethesda Parent Company Announces ZeniMax Online Studios". Gamasutra. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  4. ^ "ZeniMax Online Studios". Zenimaxonline.com. August 1, 2007. Archived from the original on September 18, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  5. ^ Alexander, Leigh. "News - ZeniMax Online Studios Licenses Simutronics HeroEngine For New MMO". Gamasutra. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "ZeniMax Online Studios". Zenimaxonline.com. Archived from the original on September 17, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  7. ^ Remo, Chris (March 15, 2010). "ZeniMax Online Adopts Fork Particle Tech For MMO". Gamasutra. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  8. ^ Graft, Kris (March 15, 2011). "Bethesda Sibling ZeniMax Online Founding Ireland Office To Support 'Future MMOs'". Gamasutra. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  9. ^ Chester, Chris (November 26, 2007). "Zenimax Online bulks up with HeroEngine | Massively". Massively.joystiq.com. Archived from the original on February 7, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  10. ^ "ZeniMax Online Studios Selects Splunk as its Engine for Machine Data". Splunk. August 8, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  11. ^ "ZeniMax Online Studios". Elastic Path. March 6, 2012. Archived from the original on March 22, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  12. ^ Biessener, Adam (May 3, 2012). "June Cover Revealed: The Elder Scrolls Online". Game Informer. Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  13. ^ Sliva, Marty (June 10, 2013). "E3 2013: Elder Scrolls Online Coming to PS4, Xbox One". IGN. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  14. ^ Bass, Dina; Schreier, Jason (September 21, 2020). "Microsoft to Buy Bethesda for $7.5 Billion to Boost Xbox". Bloomberg News. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  15. ^ Gardner, Jack (May 3, 2012). "June Cover Revealed: The Elder Scrolls Online - Features". www.GameInformer.com. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  16. ^ "Todd Howard nous parle de Fallout 76". YouTube. October 1, 2018. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  17. ^ Jones, Richard. "A new Commander Keen game has been unveiled – but only for mobile". pcgamesn.com. Retrieved June 23, 2019.

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