ZeniMax Online Studios

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ZeniMax Online Studios LLC
Industry Video game industry
Founded August 16, 2007; 11 years ago (2007-08-16)
Headquarters Hunt Valley, Maryland, U.S.
Key people
Matt Firor (President)
Number of employees
250 (2012)
Parent ZeniMax Media
Website zenimaxonline.com

ZeniMax Online Studios LLC is a subsidiary of ZeniMax Media, specializing in the development of massively multiplayer online games.[1] The company developed The Elder Scrolls Online and its downloadable content.[1] ZeniMax Online Studios had around 250 employees in 2012.[2] In addition to the main Hunt Valley, Maryland based office, ZeniMax Online also maintains a customer support center in Galway, Ireland as well as an additional office in Austin, Texas.


ZeniMax Online Studios was officially formed in 2007 by ZeniMax Media, and is headed by Matt Firor, a massively multiplayer online game designer and an 11-year veteran of Mythic Entertainment.[3][4]

The company was built to specialize in the creation of a massively multiplayer online game.[5] In 2007 the company announced a partnership with Simutronics for the use of HeroEngine.[6] In June 2008, ZeniMax Online Studios moved into its current office in Hunt Valley.[7] On March 15, 2010, ZeniMax Online Studios announced that it will be using the Fork Particle SDK to create the particle effects in its unannounced upcoming massively multiplayer game.[8] On March 15, 2011, ZeniMax Online Studios announced plans to open a customer support center in Galway, Ireland. The company's new facility will provide customer support for players of their future massively multiplayer online games and is expected to result in the creation of hundreds of jobs over the next several years.[9][10] On August 8, 2011, ZeniMax Online Studios selected Splunk to be its platform for business intelligence, network operations monitoring, and operational intelligence.[11] On March 6, 2012, ZeniMax Online Studios signed a licensing deal with Elastic Path Software.[12] On May 3, 2012, Game Informer announced that ZeniMax Online Studios's video game in development will take place in The Elder Scrolls universe, approximately a millennium before the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.[13] The game, The Elder Scrolls Online, was released in 2014.[14]

Games developed

Year Title Platform(s)
2014 The Elder Scrolls Online[15] Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One


  1. ^ a b "ZeniMax Online Studios". Zenimaxonline.com. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  2. ^ "The Elder Scrolls Online: Reinventing a Franchise in an Online World | GamesIndustry International". Gamesindustry.biz. July 17, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  3. ^ Chester, Chris (October 26, 2007). "Bethesda MMO studio sees substantial investment | Massively". Massively.joystiq.com. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  4. ^ Crews, Steven (October 25, 2007). "Interview: Matt Firor on ZeniMax Online, MMO Design Philosophy — The MMO Gamer". Mmogamer.com. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "ZeniMax Online Studios". Zenimaxonline.com. August 1, 2007. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "News - ZeniMax Online Studios Licenses Simutronics HeroEngine For New MMO". Gamasutra. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  7. ^ "ZeniMax Online Studios". Zenimaxonline.com. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  8. ^ "News - ZeniMax Online Adopts Fork Particle Tech For MMO". Gamasutra. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  9. ^ "News - Bethesda Sibling ZeniMax Online Founding Ireland Office To Support 'Future MMOs'". Gamasutra. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  10. ^ Chester, Chris (November 26, 2007). "Zenimax Online bulks up with HeroEngine | Massively". Massively.joystiq.com. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  11. ^ "ZeniMax Online Studios Selects Splunk as its Engine for Machine Data". Splunk. August 8, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2013.
  12. ^ "ZeniMax Online Studios". Elastic Path. March 6, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  13. ^ "Game Informer announces The Elder Scrolls Online | Bethesda Blog". Bethblog.com. May 3, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2013.
  14. ^ Sliva, Marty (June 10, 2013). "E3 2013: Elder Scrolls Online Coming to PS4, Xbox One". IGN. Retrieved October 11, 2013.
  15. ^ Gardner, Jack (May 3, 2012). "June Cover Revealed: The Elder Scrolls Online - Features". www.GameInformer.com. Retrieved January 21, 2013.

External links

  • Official website
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