Players are the winner in Microsoft's Bethesda acquisition, founder says

Players are the winner in Microsoft's Bethesda acquisition, founder says

The founder of Bethesda Christopher Weaver has said that users are the winners in the $7.5bn purchase by Microsoft.

Speaking to Inverse, as spotted by VGC, the original creator of the Elder Scrolls maker said that if the Xbox maker can repeat the success of buying Halo maker Bungie in its early days then players will benefit.

Weaver also said that the consolidation of developers under a few companies is a mixed bag, but said that if it results in good products then it's necessarily a bad thing.

"The acquisition of Bungie acted as an important trigger for the success of the early Xbox. Depending upon how soon Bethesda can prime the Microsoft pipeline, I suspect Microsoft is looking at their playbook and looking to repeat one of its 'best moves'," Weaver said.

"If the strategy works, it will be a brilliant counter-move against Sony. Users from around the world will be the ultimate beneficiaries of this deal. I wish them well."

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