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Game company
ZeniMax Media
Company data
founded in: 1999
founded by: Chris Weaver
Robert A. Altman
headquarters: Rockville, Maryland (USA)
key people: Robert A. Altman Chairman and CEO
Todd Howard, Executive Producer and Game Director
subsidiaries: Bethesda Game Studios
Id Software
Vir2L Studios
Mud Duck Productions
ZeniMax Online Studios
Fallout games
developer for: Fallout 3
publisher for: Fallout 3
Fallout: New Vegas
Other games
developer for: The Elder Scrolls
publisher for: The Elder Scrolls
External links
Wikipedia: ZeniMax Media
MobyGames: ZeniMax Media

ZeniMax Media Inc. is an American developer, marketer, publisher, and distributor of computer and video games. It is based in Rockville, Maryland.

ZeniMax is best known as the owner of Bethesda Softworks, the developer of The Elder Scrolls game series, as well as the Fallout series starting with Fallout 3, focused mainly on computer role playing games. It also owns other game development studios, such as the newly acquired id Software, and publishes games developed by third party developers.


ZeniMax was founded in 1999 by Bethesda Softworks founder Chris Weaver and Robert A. Altman. Weaver's vision was to use Bethesda Softworks as a hybrid-media company which would create cross-media properties for a diverse range of different platforms. Weaver brought Robert Altman on board as CEO, contributing his stock in Bethesda Softworks so that the new shell company (Zenimax) would be able to obtain funding. Weaver moved to a non-operational role in 2002.

Under ZeniMax, Bethesda developed and published The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Bethesda is also the publisher of three new Star Trek games, Star Trek: Legacy (For PC/Xbox 360), Star Trek: Tactical Assault (for Nintendo DS/PlayStation Portable), and Star Trek: Encounters (PlayStation 2).

In 2004, ZeniMax acquired the Fallout franchise from Interplay Entertainment. Bethesda's Todd Howard said in January 2007 that "We started work on Fallout 3 in late 2004 with a few people. We only had about 10 people on it until Oblivion wrapped, but most of our staff is on it now." Fallout 3 was released in October 2008.

On June 24, 2009, it was announced that ZeniMax had purchased independent developer id Software.


This article uses material from the "ZeniMax Media" article on the Fallout wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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