ZeniMax co-founder Robert A. Altman has diedBethesda Softworks calls parent company’s creator “a true visionary, friend, and believer in the spirit of people”Brendan SinclairManaging EditorThursday 4th February 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareBethesda Softworks today announced that Robert A. Altman, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media, has died.”We are deeply saddened to tell you of the passing of Robert A. Altman, our Founder and CEO,” the company announced on Twitter. “He was a true visionary, friend, and believer in the spirit of people and the power of what they could accomplish together. He was an extraordinary leader, and an even better human being.”The company’s website bears a notice about Altman’s death, reading, “CEO. Visionary. Friend. 1947-2021.” No cause of death was given.Altman began ZeniMax with Christopher Weaver in 1999, as a parent company for Bethesda Softworks, which Weaver had started in the mid-’80s. The two had a falling out and Weaver was out of the company within a few years, but Altman went on to run ZeniMax for decades.Related JobsSenior Build Engineer – AAA Studio – Yorkshire UK & Europe Big Planet3D Artist – Mobile Studio – Midlands UK & Europe Big PlanetProducer Indie Game Studio France UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Over that span, ZeniMax grew the business beyond Bethesda, acquiring studios like id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, and Alpha Dog Studios.In addition, it branched out with the creation of ZeniMax Online Studios and Roundhouse Studios (comprised of former Human Head developers).Recently ZeniMax found itself on the other side of an acquisition deal, accepting a $7.5 billion offer from Microsoft to join the Xbox first-party studio system.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesSpecialEffect joins Best Places To Work Awards as charity partnerUS event deadline is coming upBy Christopher Dring 22 hours agoResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring 23 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.