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The History of Bethesda Softworks


Another great video game publisher is Bethesda Softworks. Today, Bethesda Softworks is a famous company all over the world for publishing some of the best video games in the world.

Dating back to 1986 when it was formed, there have been significant developments regarding Bethesda games and studios.

Bethesda Softworks is a video game developing company, and publisher that was first owned by “Media Technology Limited” from the year 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. Bethesda Softworks was formed in 1986 by Christopher Weaver.

He started the company as a Media Technology Limited, and later in the year 1999; it became a subsidiary of “ZeniMax Media”.

Bethesda Softworks is known 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 managed to stand 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 digital 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 has not been able to 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 went ahead to write a letter to Bethesda Softworks detailing the entire affair, but still, 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 cancellation of the agreement concerning the acquisition of the studio.


Bethesda Softworks has continued to deliver outstanding video-games for several years.

It is a company that hardly fails to win an award. It has 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 such as 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

At that time, Elder Scrolls was Bethesda Softworks most successful games.

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

In addition, two expansion packs were released for this video game, 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 which became famous.

Apart from The Elder Scrolls series, Fallout 3 has been well-received all over the world. Today, ZeniMax Media owns Bethesda Softworks.

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