September 21, 2020 will go down in history as the day when Microsoft announced that he bought from ZeniMax Media, company that owns studios such as id Software, Bethesda Softworks and MachineGames, among others.
According to a report by gamesindustry.biz, the operation was for a total of $ 7.5 billion, making it the second most expensive video game acquisition of all time.
It is easy to infer that Microsoft’s decision is based on the popularity of video games. ZeniMax, because you only need to see the more than 59 million copies it has sold The Elder Scrolls and the more than 33 million displaced by Fallout.
How does the purchase of ZeniMax compare to other acquisitions in the video game industry? Here below you can see the seven most expensive of the story:
1. Tencent bought from Supercell
It is the first place on the list, as Tencent paid – according to Bloomberg– $ 8.6 billion by the developer of mobile games Hay Day, Clash of Clans, Boom Beach, Clash Royale, Brawl Stars and Hay Day Pop.
2. Microsoft bought ZeniMax Media
As we said lines above, the operation was for $ 7.5 billion.
3. Activision-Blizzard bought King
The company that owns countless popular franchises like Call of Duty disbursed -according to the New York Times– $ 5.9 billion by King, the creator of Candy Crush Saga.
4. Microsoft bought Mojang
If Microsoft has something left over, it is money, because added to the acquisition of ZeniMax, let us remember that in 2014 it paid Kotaku– $ 2.5 billion by Mojang, the developer studio of Minecraft.
5. Facebook bought Oculus VR
The colossus of social networks disbursed -according to Business Insider– 2 billion dollars by Oculus VR, a company dedicated entirely to the development of virtual reality technologies.
6. Zynga bought Peak
Known for its phenomenon Farmville, Zynga paid – according to a statement searchable on your website- $ 1.8 billion by Peak, responsible for Toon Blast and Toy Blast.
7. Bandai bought Namco
Best known for its toys, Bandai bought – according to the Wall Street Journal– by $ 1.7 billion to Namco, one of the most representative companies in the industry and creator of Pac-Man.