Disney games unit lays off 50 more

House of Mouse's games division lets about 50 staffers go from several locations on same day it closed Junction Point, says source.

Disney yesterday closed Epic Mickey developer Junction Point Studios, ending all positions at the Austin, Texas company. The Los Angeles Times reports that those weren't the only layoffs that day, as about 50 staffers from several locations were let go Tuesday, according to a source.

The paper obtained an email sent to staffers yesterday from Disney Interactive co-president John Pleasants. It comments on the closure of Junction Point, as well as the challenges associated with operating in the games industry, but does not specifically call out other job cullings.

"Our division operates in a rapidly evolving industry and as a result we must sometimes make difficult decisions to ensure we’re meeting market demands. Unfortunately, today this meant announcing changes within Disney Interactive Games, including the closure of Junction Point Studios in Austin," the statement reads.

"These decisions are never easy, or taken without serious thought and consideration, but they are essential in order for Disney Interactive to remain competitive and win."

Separately, Joystiq reports Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two has sold 529,000 copies over November and December 2012 in the United States. In addition, the site states combined sales of Epic Mickey 2 and Nintendo 3DS game Epic Mickey: The Power of Ilusion in the region have reached 695,000 units over the same period. This means the 3DS game sold roughly 166,000 copies.

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9 comments
nurnberg
nurnberg

Haven't they got the memo?  Everybody hates movie-based video games that come out at the same time as the movie.  Disney keeps releasing these along their Pixar movies.  I bet nobody buys them.

woodyfr
woodyfr

"[…]but they are essential in order for Disney Interactive to remain competitive and win."

Win what ? Money ? Reputation ? Peanuts ? They are all the same, Disney don't care about humans beings, if they can't sell crap easily they close everything like many other companies these days.

By the way the 3DS version is way better than the other version, buy it if you it at a good price.

blackace
blackace

Disney has lost their mojo. Seriously, they had some of the greatest games ever on the Genesis and SNES. Since that time, most of their games have been crap except for the Toy Story 3 toy box game. Both of these Mickey games were not great. Just check Metacritic and you'll see what I mean. With all that money they have and so many incredible characters under their umbrella, you would think they could come with with some incredible games with some awesome stories. Get it together Disney.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

Disney needs to stop screwing around. They're so half-assed with their games division, and it'll never work this way. They had something with Turok and Split/Second, but abandoned them because they didn't sell like Halo. For a company as large as they are, they sure suck at growing brands properly in this industry.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

50 people at Disney just got laid!  I'm in.  Oh, you said laid off... I guess, I'm still in.

TheCommenter77
TheCommenter77

The top of chian with the most money will create the greatest games, money is what makes the world go around

Vojtass
Vojtass

Disney needs more money for making new Star Wars trilogy.

snugglebear
snugglebear

Seems like the past few years the industry's been consolidated, whittled away and generally kicked around. It's too bad the economy can't support more devs so we can have an even broader variety of games coming out.