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“A sad moment for the gaming industry”: Robert Altman, founder, and head of ZeniMax Media, dies

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"A sad moment for the gaming industry": Robert Altman, founder, and head of ZeniMax Media, dies

Bethesda’s official Twitter account has announced the passing of Robert A. Altman, co-founder, and CEO of ZeniMax Media. He was 73 years old. The cause of death is not mentioned.

“It is with deep sorrow to inform you of the passing of Robert A. Altman, our founder and CEO. He was a true visionary, friend, and believed in the strength of spirit and what they could achieve together. He was an outstanding leader and a better person.”


“We are proud to continue to follow the values ​​and principles that Robert taught us,” Bethesda said in a statement. “We offer our deepest condolences to Robert’s family, who are part of our family and have always treated us like their own. Thank you for everything you have done for all of us, Robert. Rest in peace.”

Many industry figures have sent their condolences to Altman’s family and colleagues, including Phil Spencer, Satya Nadella, Jeff Kayley, Corey Barlog, Vince Zampella, and others.

“Incredibly saddened to hear that we have lost our industry icon, partner and close friend Robert Altman. I send love and strength to his family and all Zenimax / Bethesda teams during this very difficult period.” – Phil Spencer.

Altman co-founded ZeniMax with Bethesda Softworks founder Christopher Weaver in 1999. Since then, he has remained the permanent head of the company. Last year, it became known about an agreement between ZeniMax Media and Microsoft on the merger of the two companies. The deal, worth $7.5 billion, is due to close by the end of June.

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