Disney merges games and Internet

Citing an evolving market, the media multinational merges divisions behind Pirates of the Caribbean Online, Turok, and Hannah Montana.

Today it has been confirmed that Disney will be merging its Internet Group with games publisher Disney Interactive Studios to form the Disney Interactive Media Group. Web site PaidContent.org broke the news, which came from an internal memo from Disney CEO Bob Iger.

Iger wrote, "As console and handheld games become more connected to the Internet, and as Internet and mobile become increasingly robust destinations for games and a range of interactive entertainment, we are taking this opportunity to integrate these activities."

The new division will be headed up by Steve Wadsworth, who previously led the now-defunct Walt Disney Internet Group. He will be assisted by the former executive vice president and general manager of Disney Interactive Studios, Graham Hopper. The existing management teams will continue to run the combined group.

Disney Interactive games include Disney Friends, Disney's Meet the Robinsons, Hannah Montana, Ratatouille, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. The Walt Disney Internet Group worked on titles such as Pirates of the Caribbean Online.

This isn't the first time that Disney's games division has had a name change--it was founded in 1988 as Walt Disney Computer Software, then in 1996 became Disney Interactive. In 2003, the decision was made to "diversify its portfolio" and distance itself from the Disney brand and become Buena Vista Games. Then in 2007, it remerged the two divisions it had set up in 2003--Buena Vista Interactive and Disney Interactive--and became Disney Interactive Studios.

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47 comments
DrakonGiga
DrakonGiga

I'm sure there must be a singstar disney somewhere, I mean...

DrakonGiga
DrakonGiga

I'm sure there must be a singstar disney somewhere, I mean...

bassmaniac20005
bassmaniac20005

Some Disney movies are actually pretty good, but nine times out of ten the games suck. The last good Disney game I ever played was Toy Story 2, and before that was Toy Story and Aladdin for the Sega Genesis. I mean, seriously. If they want to execute what they're trying to do (make more money) then they should start by making good video games, because that's where it's at right now.

OminousShadow87
OminousShadow87

I see a lot of people here are ripping Disney but let us not forget, if there were no Disney, we would never have Kingdom Hearts... Either that, or it would be a merger with Looney Tunes instead. :-(

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

Who doesn't wanna play Bambi Online? LMAO

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Hellmetal789 "no way online disney games as if single player ones didnt suck already" LOL, Thats pretty much what i was thinking.

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

disney has already made games such as pirates and others. disney isnt what it use to be when i was a kid now they like to push the limit and have cursing, violence, etc. however i think some of there games are good but most are kid games that should be wii exclusive. i did play and beat games that were on snes that were fun but i was also a kid at that time but recently as an adult in my late 20's i found the pirates game very fun and entertaining. that may also be because i am a huge fan of the series of movies but having disney as a mainstream video game maker is not a good idea at all and i cant back them up on that. they have the micky image and its hard to shake that when everyone just thinks of disney as kids heaven but we shall have to wait and see what the future holds.. they have a lot of work to do.

Hellmetal789
Hellmetal789

no way online disney games as if single player ones didnt suck already

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Money-Money-Money!! Its a shame that Disney isnt the company it once was.

thedaxxman
thedaxxman

god damn disney just needs to f***ing die

CVM_123
CVM_123

if they make games for the ps3 and xbox 360 i would never buy them

Armandm3
Armandm3

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Armandm3
Armandm3

Some films on Disney are good sometimes even they are for children but the story it has behind the film is very interesting and sometimes can touch people a lot...

jdiego82
jdiego82

Does anyone above 5 really care...? No...? Oh, well...

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

If you want to play 'Kiddie' games its really quite simple, get a Wii!

Ranteal
Ranteal

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the_monkey_god
the_monkey_god

Wow are thay makeing the worst game in history? No realy I mean all the games listed are bad!

bioghost
bioghost

Some games are good, i last played game was aladdin

reichmtk
reichmtk

Some of the Disney games were good like the ones on the Genesis, but..... that was 15 years ago so....

ThePope2k6
ThePope2k6

Well, the last Disney game that was any good that I played was Tron 2.0. Disney does, however, own Junction Point Studios, the studio run by Warren Spector who brought us Deus Ex and System Shock , among other classics.

akiwak
akiwak

As for me I have never bought any of their games. Take a look for yourself not even gamespot will waste their time in trying to review the games.

Gamer_152
Gamer_152

Yay, more exploitation of people, by putting even more effort into selling off absolute rubbish. Seriously they'd be much better off if they tried working with other companies like they did with Kingdom Hearts.

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

Wish people would get it through there head that Kingdom Hearts is garbage...

lilmp89
lilmp89

I'm not for their own games, but they have been quite successful with Square Enix on the Kingdom Hearts series...

CVM_123
CVM_123

disney games sucks i dont want to be rude but but they sucks.......

shak_0
shak_0

I thought Hercules on the PS1 was pretty good. Other than that, the only good games I've seen with the Disney label on them are the Kingdom Hearts games and those ROCK!!

Yyin9564
Yyin9564

what does this have to do with kingdom hearts?... NOTHING?!... well then i don't care

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

How about a game set in the turok universe where you play as a stranded Hanna Montana who can wield a cutlass and a flintlock like a pirate arrrrrrr......

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Disney make games?? Oh........ right.................. LOL

exo911
exo911

@FLzthvikings87 Either way he's right their games are awful, and their pretty late to discover an amazing feature called "Multi-Player."

Ranteal
Ranteal

They need to make a Shrek FPS asap! Maybe GTA style game where you play goofy and you've been pushed too far. Finally a Donald Duck game where you play a detective. They could call it Donald Dick

ShadoweaverCode
ShadoweaverCode

When was the last Disney game any good anyways? " Chip n' Dale's Rescue Rangers for NES =)

Lub1
Lub1

A new Tron would be awesome

Nharia12
Nharia12

As long as Disney keeps churning out movies and shows that their company can develop games for there's bound to be more name changes in the future.

FLzthvikings87
FLzthvikings87

"GatCloudx-how about better games your games suck and also you guys are late to the party with online " how about you stop writing as if its going to be sent directly to disney

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

The last good disney game wasn't really a disney game... it was a Square Enix game.

GatCloudX
GatCloudX

how about better games your games suck and also you guys are late to the party with online

QualityJeverage
QualityJeverage

How about re-releasing that old side-scrolling Toy Story game? That thing was awesome when I was a kid.

Lone_Wolff
Lone_Wolff

When was the last Disney game any good anyways? *yawn*

SoralinkGS
SoralinkGS

They can stop changing the title now... just give me Wall-E with a nice "Disney Interactive" label...

kos1085
kos1085

Who cares....Havent played a disney game in about a decade.