Providence Equity Partners has closed a $150 million investment in ZeniMax Media. Providence, a PE firm, made a prior $300 million investment in ZeniMax in 2007. The current investment is in ZeniMax’s convertible preferred stock. ZeniMax Media is a Rockville, Md.-based game publisher.
ZeniMax Media Inc. today announced the closing of a $150 Million investment by Providence Equity Partners, a leading private equity firm, in convertible preferred stock of the Company. The proceeds will be used to fund additional growth through increased game development, expanded publishing operations, and strategic acquisitions. The new investment by Providence supplements an earlier investment of $300 Million made by the firm in October 2007.
ZeniMax Media was founded in 1999 by Robert A. Altman, its Chairman and CEO, and through its wholly owned subsidiary, Bethesda Softworks, publishes original interactive entertainment content for gaming consoles (including the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, the PC, handheld/wireless devices, and online gaming).
Among the studios that develop games for ZeniMax are its subsidiaries Bethesda Game Studios (which developed the 2008 Game of the Year, Fallout® 3, and the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®), id Software (which invented the first person shooter genre and created such classic games as DOOM®, the 2004 Game of the Year, Return to Castle Wolfenstein®, and Quake®, as well as its upcoming, highly anticipated release, RAGE™), and Arkane Studios (which created Arx Fatalis® and helped develop Bioshock 2).
“Though a number of prominent private equity firms offered to invest with us on attractive terms, we chose Providence as they have proved to be an ideal partner for us over the past 3 years as we built our business. We believed that furthering that relationship was the right course for us. Providence shares our strategic vision for the Company and is excited by the opportunity to help us strengthen a position of leadership in this industry,” said Mr. Altman.
“We are pleased to increase our investment and support the continuing growth of what we consider to be the best managed company in the videogame industry,” said Michael Dominguez, a Managing Director of Providence. “Since our original investment in 2007, ZeniMax Media has tripled the size of its development portfolio and assembled an extraordinary library of major game franchises, along with some of the best development talent in the world. Its valuable proprietary technology and focus on high quality development are driving growth. We look forward to working with Robert to continue building ZeniMax Media over the long-term as an innovator and leader in the global video game market.”
Mr. Dominguez will remain on the Company’s Board of Directors, which is currently led by Mr. Altman and includes ZeniMax Media President Ernest Del, Leslie Moonves (President and CEO of CBS), Harry E. Sloan (Chairman Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.), Robert S. Trump (President of Trump Management), noted film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.
About ZeniMax Media Inc.
ZeniMax Media is a preeminent media organization which has brought together a team of world class game developers, artists and designers, programmers, producers, and leading executives and talent from traditional media. ZeniMax Media creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for consoles, the PC, and handheld/wireless devices. ZeniMax Media divisions include Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, Vir2L Studios, ZeniMax Europe Ltd., ZeniMax Asia KK and ZeniMax Online Studios. ZeniMax, Bethesda Softworks, Vir2L, Bethesda Game Studios, The Elder Scrolls, Oblivion and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of ZeniMax Media Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Fallout is a registered trademark or trademark of Bethesda Softworks LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. ID, Id Software, DOOM, Return To Castle Wolfenstein, QUAKE, RAGE and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of Id Software LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. Arkane, Arx Fatalis and related logos are registered trademarks or trademarks of Arkane Studios in the U.S. and/or other countries. For more information on ZeniMax Media, visit www.zenimax.com.
About Providence Equity Partners
Providence Equity Partners is the leading global private equity firm specializing in equity investments in media, entertainment, communications and information companies around the world. The principals of Providence manage funds with more than $22 billion in equity commitments and have invested in more than 100 companies operating in over 20 countries since the firm’s inception in 1989. Significant investments include Altegrity, Archipelago Learning, Bresnan Broadband Holdings, Casema, Digiturk, Education Management Corporation, eircom, Hulu, Idea Cellular, ikaSystems Corporation, Kabel Deutschland, PanAmSat, ProSiebenSat.1, Recoletos, TDC, Univision, VoiceStream Wireless, Western Wireless and Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network. Providence is headquartered in Providence, RI (USA) and has offices in New York, London, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and New Delhi. Visit www.provequity.com for more information.
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