As Robert Mueller continues his probe into the Trump Administration and Russia, currently Donald Trump’s younger brother, Robert Trump sits on the board of a company that has been involved in developing video games with several different Russian companies since 2000 to 2017. At one time one of their subsidiaries was located in Moscow.
In the gaming world, Zenimax does business through its wholly owned subsidiary Bethesda Softworks. And for the past few years, the company has been on a tear.
Since 1999 Robert Trump, brother of Donald Trump has sat on the board of ZeniMax Media. ZeniMax Media owns several subsidiaries that are located all over the world through its division known as Bethesda Softworks. ZeniMax Media owns the following subsidiaries: Bethesda Game Studios, ZeniMax Online Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, Battlecry Studios. From 2001 to 2004 Bethesda Softworks was located in East Moscow. One likely reason for Zenimax closing its Moscow division maybe due to the fact of a controversy in which division Bethesda failed to pay a Russsian developer Madia Entertainment.
In 2001, Bethesda Softworks published Echelon in the United States, a video game developed by Russian developers Madia. The developers stated that Bethesda didn’t pay a single cent from boxed sales of the game, as was specified in the contract according to Madia. The developers wrote an open letter to Bethesda in which they have detailed the whole affair but Bethesda still refused to pay. In the end Madia decided not to take it to court. Pete Hines VP of PR at Bethesda later stated that Madia presented misleading allegations about Bethesda’s role as publisher of Echelon in North America and that Bethesda has no contractual obligations to Madia.
Echelon is a 3-D science fiction flight simulator video game designed by Russian developers MADIA. It involves flying futuristic fighters in combat scenarios. The game can be played locally or on a local area network with up to 32 players. The Russian version of the game is called “Шторм” (“Storm”). The plot of the first-person shooter game Operation: Matriarchy (also developed by MADIA) takes place in the same general universe as Echelon.
Echelon was nominated as “Sci-Fi Simulation Game of the Year” by GameSpot, 2001.
In 2002 a sequel, Echelon: Wind Warriors, was released.
While Bethesda may have closed its location in East Moscow in 2004, in 2017 a Zenimax Media subsidiary resume business with working with another Russian company to developed a new video game. Zenimax subsidiary ID Software with its Saber Interactive developers in St. Petersburg Russia.
The following two excerpts you can below under section B and C
B Following page translated from Russian – You can determine the Russian companies, Zenimax Media subsidiaries worked with by the Russian flag located by the company name
C Original format in Russian