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Xbox Game Studios

Division of Microsoft Corporation
IndustryComputer and Video Games
Interactive Entertainment
Founded2002 (MSFT Game Studios)

2011 (as Microsoft Studios)

2019 (as Xbox Game Studios)
HeadquartersWashington, United States
WebsiteOfficial Website

Xbox Game Studios is a video game production division of Microsoft Corporation. They are responsible for the development and publishing of video games for Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Games for Windows and Windows Phone platforms.

They were established in 2002 under the name of Microsoft Game Studios however, in 2011 they were re-branded and their name was changed to simply Microsoft Studios. In 2019 the studios name was changed again, this time to Xbox Game Studios.

Xbox Game Studios work with third-party companies and other development studios to help develop and publish video games under their label, such as Minecraft, the Halo series, Kinect Sports, Microsoft flight simulator, both the Forza Motorsport and Forza Horizon series and the Gears of War games. (For the full list of games click here.)

On September 21st, 2020 Xbox and Microsoft acquired Zinemax the parent company of Bethesda. The creators of household titles such as Doom, Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein, etc.. For 7 And a half Billion dollars! This added much more studios to Xbox Game Studios and employees.


Xbox Game Studios houses 23 game development studios. Over time more and more studios have been acquired to develop games for the Xbox, PC or mobile devices. A full list of studios can be found below.

  • 343 Industries (Halo)
  • Activision Blizzard + King
  • World's Edge (Age of Empires)
  • The Coalition (Gears)
  • Compulsion Games
  • Double Fine (Psychonauts)
  • Xbox Game Studios Publishing
  • The Initiative
  • inXile Entertainment (Wasteland)
  • Mojang Studios (Minecraft)
  • Ninja Theory (Bleeding Edge)
  • Obsidian (The Outer Worlds)
  • Playground Games (Forza Horizon)
  • Rare (Sea of Thieves)
  • Turn 10 Studios (Forza Motorsport)
  • Undead Labs (State of Decay)
  • Bethesda Game Studios (Fallout)
  • id Software (Doom)
  • Arkane Studios (Deathloop)
  • Tango Gameworks (The Evil Within)
  • MachineGames (Wolfenstein)
  • Alpha Dog Games (Mobile games)
  • Roundhouse Studios (Prey)
  • ZeniMax Online Studios (The Elder Scrolls: Online)