ZeniMax Media Inc. is an American media company that develops and publishes computer and video games through its subsidiaries. ZeniMax is known as the owner of id Software, Bethesda Softworks, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks and Machinegames.
ZeniMax Media was founded in 1999 by Bethesda Softworks founder Christopher Weaver and Robert A. Altman. Weaver's vision was to use Bethesda Softworks as a hybrid-media company which would create cross-media properties for a diverse range of different platforms. Weaver brought Altman on board as CEO, contributing his stock in Bethesda Softworks so that the new shell company, named ZeniMax Media, would be able to obtain funding. Weaver moved to a non-operational role in 2002.
In 2004, ZeniMax Media acquired the Fallout franchise from Interplay Entertainment; Fallout 3 was released in October 2008. On June 24, 2009, it was announced that ZeniMax Media had purchased independent developer id Software.
In March, 2013, Zenimax cancelled RAGE 2 and ordered id Software to finish Doom 4 by 2014 or risk being shut down.