Robert A. Altman, CEO and chairman of ZeniMax Media, has passed away. Bethesda announced the passing of its CEO today on Twitter.
Altman pivoted from his previous work as a lawyer to gaming in 1999, when he and Bethesda Softworks founder Christopher Weaver founded ZeniMax Media. Consolidating Bethesda Softworks at the time, the publisher has gone on to include studios such as Arkane, iD Software, MachineGun Games, Tango Gamesworks, and more.
Bethesda celebrated its late CEO in a heartfelt post on Twitter, sharing one of Altman’s frequent emails to the company.
We are deeply saddened to tell you of the passing of Robert A. Altman, our Founder and CEO. 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. pic.twitter.com/FZFsVtHc5t
— Bethesda (@bethesda) February 4, 2021
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Xbox’s Phil Spencer also shared their condolences to everyone at both ZeniMax and Bethesda. Microsoft is currently in the process of acquiring ZeniMax Media and all of its studios.
A sad moment for the games industry. Robert Altman built ZeniMax into what it is today. My heart goes out to his family, loved ones, and colleagues. https://t.co/uOgSqKsGWH
— Satya Nadella (@satyanadella) February 4, 2021
I am incredibly saddened by the news that we have lost an industry icon, partner, and close friend Robert Altman. Sending love and strength to his family and all the teams at Zenimax/Bethesda during this very difficult time. https://t.co/f3JylOL0QJ
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) February 4, 2021
Altman is survived by his wife, Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter, and their two children.