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Game company
Bethesda Softworks
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Company data
Founded ByChristopher Weaver
Founded In1985
HeadquartersRockville, Maryland (USA)
Key PeopleVlatko Andonov, President
Todd Vaughn, VP Development
Pete Hines, VP PR & Marketing
Ron Seger, VP Sales
Todd Howard, Executive Producer and Game Director
Ashley Cheng, Production Director
Corporate connections
Parent Comp.ZeniMax Media
SubsidiariesBethesda Game Studios
Bethesda Game Studios Austin
Bethesda Game Studios Montreal
Fallout games
DeveloperFallout 3
Fallout 4
Fallout 76
PublisherFallout 3
Fallout: New Vegas
Fallout 4
Fallout 76
Fallout Shelter
Other games
DeveloperThe Elder Scrolls
PublisherThe Elder Scrolls
External links
WikipediaBethesda Softworks
MobyGamesBethesda Softworks
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Bethesda Softworks is a video game developer and publisher, and a subsidiary of ZeniMax Media.


Bethesda Softworks has been a developer and publisher of interactive entertainment content for over two decades, founded in 1985 by Christopher Weaver.

With a broad panoply of games in role-playing, racing, simulation, and sports, Bethesda Softworks major franchises are distributed worldwide.


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Bethesda Game Studios (BGS) is the in-house development team led by Todd Howard and owned by Bethesda Softworks. Not all BGS titles are published by Bethesda Softworks. "Bethesda Softworks" is often used to designate games "published" by Bethesda, both BGS projects and those developed externally.


Fallout 3

In 2004, Bethesda licensed the rights to develop Fallout 3 and two additional sequels from Interplay Entertainment, and in 2007 acquired the whole Fallout franchise. Todd Howard said in January 2007 that "We started work (on Fallout 3) in late 2004 with a few people. We only had about 10 people on it until Oblivion wrapped, but most of our staff is on it now."

Fallout 3 was released on October 28, 2008 and has won over 60 Game of the Year Awards – including honors from IGN, the Game Developers' Choice Awards and Game Critics Awards. Bethesda continued to support Fallout 3 with five add-onsOperation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout and Mothership Zeta.

Fallout: New Vegas

In 2009, Bethesda announced Fallout: New Vegas, a new entry in the Fallout series. Developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Bethesda itself, it was released on October 19, 2010 in the US and October 22 in the UK. It is important to note that Bethesda did not make New Vegas, they only published it.

On January 28, Bethesda Softworks announced a deal made with Namco Bandai to let it publish Fallout: New Vegas in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Fallout 4

On June 3, 2015, Bethesda announced Fallout 4 by releasing a cinematic trailer. Fallout 4 was released on November 10, 2015 for PC, XBox One and Playstation 4.

Fallout 76

On June 10, 2018, at E3, Bethesda announced Fallout 76, a new entry in the Fallout series. Fallout 76 was released on November 14th, 2018 for PC, XBox One, and Playstation 4.

Other games

Other notable series by Bethesda Softworks include The Elder Scrolls, the series of which Oblivion is the 9th title and the 4th main title with Skyrim being the 5th. Fallout 3 and New Vegas are based on the same engine as Oblivion, while Fallout 4 uses Bethesda's Creation Engine like Skyrim. They also published other games such as WET, Rogue Warrior and RAGE.

Behind the scenes

Bethesda Game Studios, is headquartered in real-life Rockville, Maryland, although the name comes from Bethesda, Maryland, where the company was originally founded in 1985.

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