Xbox and Bethesda deal had been years in the making

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Xbox Head Phil Spencer recently spoke about their recent deal with game company Bethesda.

Spencer revealed in an interview that the plan to acquire Bethesda was long in the making. He stated that it all started with Bethesda parent company ZeniMax and its owner Robert Altman.

“Robert and I had had those discussions a few years earlier, and just in terms of where his journey was and the journey the teams were taking there,” Spencer said. “So this was a discussion that didn’t just happen over months, but over several years. We have finally found the right opportunity for both of us, both from an economic point of view and from the point of view of the teams on their journey.”

Unfortunately, Altman died before he could see the Xbox and Bethesda merger. Spencer regretted that.

However, those talks turned into signed documents last year, August 2020. Here they later made the official announcement.

Spencer also revealed that he had conversations with Todd Howard in a one-on-one discussion a while back, which also led to the official announcement.

“We’ve been friends for a long time and I don’t think he would mind if I shared this,” Spencer revealed. “There was a moment when we both looked at each other when this deal was about to expire, and we knew we were betting on each other.”

And now this is all it has led to: Xbox and Bethesda under one roof.

Interview source: the gamer

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