Screenshot by Gamepur

What gaming companies does Microsoft own?

It's not "all of them". Not yet.

Following the announcement of Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, many gamers are wondering exactly how many game companies, and game franchises, Microsoft now owns. Is it, like, all of them? Not quite, but it is a lot. An awful lot. Activision Blizzard is itself the result of a 2008 merger between two gaming giants, namely Activision and Vivendi (which previously owned Blizzard). While it might be the biggest gaming acquisition in Microsoft’s history (in games industry history, in fact), it’s certainly not the first.

Recommended Videos

Related: What the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard buyout could mean for labor and monopolies in the gaming industry

To help you keep track of who owns which of your favorite games companies and games franchises, we’ve compiled this brief (just kidding, it’s huge!) list of all the major publishers, developers, and franchises Microsoft owns. Please note that although the acquisition of Activision Blizzard hasn’t actually been completed yet, we’re including Activision Blizzard and everything it owns because it would rather defeat the object not to.

Activision Blizzard

Call of Duty: Vanguard campaign
Image via Activision

Major Studios

  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • High Moon Studios
  • Infinity Ward
  • King
  • Raven Software
  • Sledgehammer Games
  • Toys for Bob
  • Treyarch
  • Vicarious Visions

Major Franchises

  • Call of Duty
  • Candy Crush Saga
  • Diablo
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Guitar Hero
  • Hearthstone
  • Heroes of the Storm
  • Overwatch
  • Skylanders
  • Spyro
  • StarCraft
  • Tony Hawk’s
  • World of Warcraft

Bethesda Softworks

Screenshot of Skyrim
Image via Bethesda

Microsoft acquired Bethesda’s parent company, Zenimax Media, in 2021.

Major Studios

  • Alpha Dog Games
  • Arkane Studios
  • Bethesda Game Studios
  • Id Software
  • MachineGames
  • Roundhouse Studios
  • Tango Gameworks
  • Zenimax Online Studios

Major Franchises

  • Deathloop
  • Dishonored
  • Doom
  • Fallout
  • Ghostwire Tokyo
  • Quake
  • Rage
  • Starfield
  • The Elder Scrolls
  • The Evil Within
  • Wolfenstein

Xbox Game Studios

Image via Mojang

Major Studios

  • 343 Industries
  • Compulsion Games
  • Double Fine Productions
  • inXile Entertainment
  • Mojang Studios
  • Ninja Theory
  • Obsidian Entertainment
  • Playground Games
  • Rare
  • The Coalition
  • The Initiative
  • Turn 10 Studios
  • Undead Labs
  • World’s Edge

Major Franchises

  • Age of Empires
  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Fable
  • Forza
  • Gears of War
  • Halo
  • Hellblade
  • Minecraft
  • Perfect Dark
  • Pillars of Eternity
  • Psychonauts
  • Sea of Thieves
  • State of Decay
  • The Bard’s Tale
  • The Outer Worlds
  • Viva Piñata
  • Wasteland

Gamepur is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more about our Affiliate Policy
related content
Related Content
Image of Gavin Mackenzie
Gavin Mackenzie
Gavin Mackenzie has been playing video games since the early 80s, and writing about them professionally since the late 90s. Having been a writer and editor on various British magazines including PLAY, GamesTM, and X360, he's now a freelance guides specialist at Gamepur.