[[Image:BGS logo.jpg|right|thumb|Bethesda Game Studios logo]]
'''Bethesda''' is the shorthand name for the developers and publishers of [[General:Elder Scrolls|The Elder Scrolls]] series of games. Bethesda is actually two companies: '''Bethesda Softworks LLC''', the original company name which now only handles publishing, and '''Bethesda Game Studios''', a subdivision created to handle development as the company expanded. Bethesda Softworks are one of many subsidiaries of [[General:ZeniMax Media|ZeniMax Media Incorporated]], who own the rights associated with the franchise and all the other franchises and games published under Bethesda Softworks name.
Bethesda Softworks were responsible for the development and publishing of ''[[Arena:Arena|TES: Arena]]'', ''[[Daggerfall:Daggerfall|TESII: Daggerfall]]'', and the spinoffs ''[[Battlespire:Battlespire|Battlespire]]'' and ''[[Redguard:Redguard|Redguard]]''. Since the split in 2001 Bethesda Game Studios have been responsible for most Elder Scrolls games, while Bethesda Softworks have handled most of the publishing work (see [[#Bethesda Games|below]] for details). Due to this setup the logos of each of the companies may be displayed as a game loads.