General:Christopher Weaver

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Christopher Weaver
Chris Weaver in "Hockey League Simulator 2"
Role(s) Entrepreneur, Technologist, Executive Producer
Bethsoft Tenure 1986–Summer 2002[1][2]

Christopher Weaver was the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Media Technology, Bethesda Softworks, and XL Translab; which he entirely self funded. While Weaver was not directly involved in any hands on labor for any of the games his company produced, he greenlit designs and administered the production of all internal projects in cooperation with his Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Constance Gachowski; including feasibility assessment, technology assessment, staffing, financing, and team coaching. In 1999, Media Technology, Bethesda Softworks, and XL Translab were reacquired by a new conglomerate founded by Weaver himself and his new business partner Robert Altman, called ZeniMax Media, wherein Weaver became Chief Technology Officer of ZeniMax; Weaver had wanted to break out of the seasonal revenue model which had proved to lead to a feast or famine circumstance at the end of each release cycle, which ultimately allowed him to focus on his passion for technology and innovation, rather than business administration, which outside investment offered.[1][2] At this same time Vir2L Studios was founded with a focus on web development tools, which had been the main business interest in creating ZeniMax, rather than the games creations' buisness of Bethesda Softworks.[3] In 2002, Weaver was expelled from the company, which later lead to a legal battle between himself and his former employers, which was ultimately settled out of court.[4]

Weaver has since retired from games creation, and is currently attached to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Wesleyan University, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in various roles as a Professor, Lecturer, Research Scholar, and Research Scientist.[1]



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  • Weaver wrote a letter that was shipped with all boxed copies of Battlespire.
  • The character David Levinson from Independence Day, played by Jeff Goldblum, was based on Weaver.[5]