Disney game chief resigns

Co-president of Disney Interactive John Pleasants announces resignation after summer release of Disney Infinity.

John Pleasants, the co-president of Disney Interactive, announced his resignation today. The move is effective immediately, though he will stay on board as a consultant.

"It was a collaborative decision to do what's right for the business at a time when we have clear momentum," Pleasants told The New York Times from Walt Disney World. "It's complicated to have co-presidents. It doesn't seem to make sense as a long-term strategy."

Pleasants' departure from Disney comes after the August release of Disney Infinity, the company's Skylanders-style toys-to-life game. Disney sold more than 1 million $75 Starter Packs during the game's first month-and-a-half, helping Disney Interactive turn a profit for the latest reporting period.

"I will tell you that it's a bit of a mixed thing for me. I would have also been happy to stay on. I would be misleading you if I said I wanted to leave," he added, noting he will stay on with Disney through January to help with with the transition.

Disney Interactive's other co-president Jimmy Pitaro will now lead the entire business unit. Pitaro and Pleasants joined Disney in 2010. Pitaro ran Disney.com and other online efforts, while Pleasants managed the company's core game segment, overseeing the release of Disney Infinity.

Pleasants previously served as CEO of Playdom, which Disney acquired in 2010 for $563 million. Before Playdom, Pleasants worked as president of publishing and COO of Electronic Arts. And before that, he was CEO of Ticketmaster. He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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20 comments
Vambran
Vambran

I'm too old for Disney games. Disney Infinity might as well be a wii shovel ware game ( like baby party 4 ) for all i care.

ioshilee
ioshilee

He looks charismatic, that's all I can tell about him - never heard about the guy... But since I hate Disney for what they've done to Star Wars, I say - good riddance :)

hadlee73
hadlee73

I'd never even heard of him. I always see Disney as this huge corporation that never changes no matter who is in charge.

rolla020980
rolla020980

This is like hearing that Blockbuster is closing the last of its stores. There were still Blockbuster stores!?!?!? This guy didn't already resign?!?!?

sortajan
sortajan

i really don't see how this is news. it's the equivalent of telling us the guy who cleans toilets at the grocery store down the road got fired. i've never heard of this guy.

xfiles2099
xfiles2099

Heres Hoping Disney will finally get some of the Marvel games on PSN I want to play Marvel Ultimate Alliance on my Vita so bad

cboye18
cboye18

Who would take his place, Cartman or The Jonas Brothers?

MapleLeafKush
MapleLeafKush

I was watching subliminal messages hidden in Disney films, man those people are perverts 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@hadlee73 I believe most companies are like that. The system/company tradition/etc. stays the same and people at the top are chosen because they will maintain that system. Only if every leading person is exchanged, is there a possibility for change (for good or bad).

soulless4now
soulless4now

@eternaldragoonx Those days are long gone since they prefer mobile more than anything now. 

Heck, I'm still sad over that Pirates of the Caribbean game being canceled. :(

Saidrex
Saidrex

@eternaldragoonx "decent Disney games", i already see that's wrong in this phrase and why it's impossible