The History of Bethesda Softworks

During the history of Bethesda Softworks, the company has been through tough times.

Today, Bethesda Softworks is a famous company known all over the world.

They publish some of the best video games.

Dating back to 1986 when it was formed, there have been significant developments.

Bethesda Softworks is a video game developing company and a publisher.

The company was owned by “Media Technology Limited” from 1986 to 1999.

Here is a brief Bethesda Softworks history.

The History of Bethesda Softworks

When talking about gaming products, Bethesda Softworks has contributed significantly.

The American video game publisher’s home is in Rockville, Maryland.

They formed Bethesda Softworks in 1986 with Christopher Weaver.

He started the company as Media Technology Limited.

Later in 1999; it became a subsidiary of “ZeniMax Media”.

We know Bethesda Softworks for the creation of physics-based sports among many others.

However, the company has experienced many struggles and setbacks before reaching where it is today.

Before becoming a part of ZeniMax Media, the company almost went bankrupt.

After some years of struggle, the company stood and become a competitive player in the gaming industry.

At the moment, Bethesda Softworks publishes games by “ID Studios,” MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Arkane Studios, and Bethesda Game Studios.

A List of Bethesda Softworks video games

There are several video games published by Bethesda Softworks. Some video games include:

  • From the 1980s to 1990s–Wayne Gretzky Hockey, Terminator Series, Symbiocom, Zero Critical and The Elder Scrolls.
  • In the 2000s–Fallout, Pirates of the Caribbean, Drag Racing, Wet, and Rogue Warrior.
  • During the 2010s–Doom, Brink, Hunted, The Evil Within, Prey, and Wolfenstein.


Going through some rough times, Bethesda Softworks could not escape some controversies.

In 2001, the company published a video game known as Echelon.

Russian Developers Madia released the video game.

The Russian developers claimed that Bethesda Softworks did not pay for game sales, agreed in the contract.

The developers wrote a letter to Bethesda Softworks detailing the entire affair.

However, Bethesda Softworks refused to pay.

There have been claims that Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Media were creating a hostile acquisition of Human Head Studios.

This resulted in the agreement’s cancellation concerning the acquisition of the studio.


Throughout the history of Bethesda Softworks, it has continued to deliver top games.

It is a company that continuedly wins awards.

They also played a vital part in the growth and development of the gaming industry.

From 1999 to 2001, Bethesda Softworks mainly developed sports and racing games.

Some of these games include Drag Racing, PBA Bowling 2001, and several others.

In 2001, Bethesda Softworks released The Elder Scrolls Series III for Xbox and Windows PC.

An Award Winning Company

Elder Scrolls was Bethesda Softworks most successful games.

It sold over 4 million copies in a short time and won several awards.

In addition, they released two expansion packs for the Elder Scrolls.

The Elder Scrolls III: Tribunal in 2002, and The Elder Scrolls III: Bloodmoon in the year 2003.

Later in 2006, the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion was released.

It received the best reviews for the company.

Bethesda Softworks has released several video games after The Elder Scrolls series.

Apart from The Elder Scrolls series, Fallout 3 was a game winner.

Today, ZeniMax Media owns Bethesda Softworks.

Last Updated on August 22, 2020 by Tony

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