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Microsoft's ZeniMax-handling subsidiary is called Vault

Published: 20:16, 10 February 2021
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There's obviously no shortage of humour at Microsoft, as the company decided to christen its subsidiary created to handle the ZeniMax acquisition Vault.

Microsoft needed a new subsidiary to handle the integration of ZeniMax, as we're talking about a huge holding company with a number of assets of its own, and they couldn't have come up with a more appropriate name. 

"The concentration is accomplished by way of a merger pursuant to which a newly created Microsoft subsidiary ('Vault') will be merged with and into ZeniMax", says the document posted on the European Commission's website.

Now, creating a subsidiary to make an acquisition go down smoother is a standard operating procedure in the corporate world and as Eurogamer notes, EA have recently done the same with Codex Games Limited. It can be gleaned from the name that this will be the owner of Codemasters once the deal has gone through.

Of course, Bethesda are just one part of ZeniMax, but they're certainly one of their most reputable parts, with a rich history and reputation in the gaming world. Therefore, picking a name that's practically a nod to Fallout was more than appropriate, not to mention funny. 

That said, Microsoft will be getting far more than just Bethesda, as the acquisition includes all ZeniMax subsidiaries - id Software, Arkane Studios, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, and ZeniMax Online. 

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Microsoft's acquisition of ZeniMax has come as a surprise to many, but there's no doubt it's a valuable and, hopefully, lucrative one for everyone involved. In the meantime, you can start planning a Game Pass purchase, for whenever The Elder Scrolls 6 launches on the service.

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