Disney Interactive Studios has laid off a large number of its staff at multiple studios according to several published reports. While the exact number is unknown at this point (some are saying half of its 700 employees, others say around 250) the affected studios include Junction Point and Black Rock. Last week it was revealed that Disney closed its Propaganda Games studio.
A Disney representative told Variety: "As part of setting a strategic direction for future success in the digital media space, the Disney Interactive Media Group today began a restructuring process," Disney said in a statement.
That "strategic direction" may have a lot to do with its recent acquisition of social game developer Playdom. Is Disney moving out of the core space and focusing on casual social games? We do not know the full extent of the layoffs, but it seems odd that the company would slash the staff at Junction Point when Epic Mickey was one of the company’s best-selling games to date.
We will continue to follow this story as it develops.