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SEC Approved Microsoft's Purchase Of ZeniMax, Clearing One More Obstacle In Acquisition's Path

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It looks like Microsoft officially got one step closer to finishing its acquisition of ZeniMax as the SEC has cleared the deal today. 

One of the final hurdles towards its successful acquisition of ZeniMax Media, a deal worth $7.5 Blillion, Microsoft has to feel good seeing the SEC's approval come across their desks this morning. The SEC gave their final approval of the deal this morning in this SEC filing document

This isn't the final hurdle Microsoft and ZeniMax have to jump, however, before completing what will be the largest video game company buyout in the industry's history. Later today the EU Competition Bureau is also expected to pass down its judgement on the merger today. 

Microsoft announced the acquisition of ZeniMax Media, the parent company of game developer/publisher Bethesda as well as Elder Scrolls Online developer ZeniMax Online Studios, for an astronomical sum of $7.5 Billion USD. Since then the company has set up a subsidiary company, called Vault, as a way to comply with the European Union's regulations to host the game developer's companies as they merge into Microsoft. It's still unclear how this acquisition will affect Bethesda's historically cross-platform games, such as The Elder Scrolls series or the upcoming Starfield, though Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has stated that the acquisition wasn't done to "take games away from another player base." 


Joseph Bradford

Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore