About Xbox Game Studios
Xbox was established by Microsoft and officially took off on November 15, 2001. The gaming studios department was established in 2002 under the name Microsoft Game Studios. In 2019, after Xbox had garnered much success and name recognition as a leader in gaming, the studio rebranded to Xbox Game Studios. Xbox Game Studios works with the world’s top game design companies and development studios to create some of the world’s most beloved video games. Xbox Game Studios is actually made up of 15 smaller studios within the company that specialize in different types of games on different types of devices. The Initiative, Mojang Studios, Ninja Theory, and Compulsion Games are just a few of the hubs of innovation within the Xbox Game Studios creative team.
Xbox Game Studios has been responsible for publishing games like Minecraft, the Halo series, Forza Motorsport, and more. Each game is created by a unique team of artists, engineers, and video game enthusiasts who are all working to create the best possible gaming experience. Each individual studio within the Xbox framework hires its own team of software engineers, marketing experts, designers, artists, data scientists, and other key roles. Each one has a niche, a vision, and a set of strengths all their own. However, there’s a place for everyone at every studio.
In 2020, Xbox Game Studios, through its parent company Microsoft, acquired Zinemax in a huge $7.5 billion deal. The addition of Zinemax added the development of games like Doom, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, and more. Xbox Game Studios is constantly looking to expand its games catalog, and the acquisition of Zinemax did just that. Xbox Game Studios has the resources of Microsoft, but is able to design and produce the best video games because of its studio structure that allows for small, unique teams to focus on their visions and ideas.
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