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Disney Interactive Cuts 700

NYTimes.com has details on massive cuts at Disney Interactive, saying about 700 employees today were cut today, which represents about a quarter of the workforce at Disney's game and Internet division. Word is this is part of a refocus that will involve the release of fewer games and a concentration on outside development. "We’re not exiting any businesses, and we will pursue licensing partnerships in which we retain a lot of creative input," says James A. Pitaro, president of Disney Interactive. "But this is a doubling down on mobile and an effort to focus much more intently on a core set of priorities." The article also notes the move seems an admission that Disney's purchase of Playdom in 2010 was a waste of more than a half-billion dollars. Thanks Neutronbeam.

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13. Re: Disney Interactive Cuts 700 Mar 8, 2014, 09:47  Blue 
 
BobBob wrote on Mar 7, 2014, 17:47:
You made decision to not move to California?

http://tinyurl.com/mmkgl5z


Yes we did. Shockingly, I know all about you and your love for your SoCal weather, so I guess I'll address that part of this.

Among other things, we actually have concerns about the viability of living on the fringe of a giant desert that satisfies the water needs of a huge population by diverting the already way-overstressed Colorado River. I am not very optimistic about the future of your area.

I'll see your link, and raise you one:

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Here's another:

http://www.weather.com/weather/tenday/USCA0423

Glendale 10 day forecast. Chance of precipitation: 0%.
 
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12. Re: Disney Interactive Cuts 700 Mar 7, 2014, 17:47 BobBob
 
You made decision to not move to California?

http://tinyurl.com/mmkgl5z

 
http://tinyurl.com/WeatherImmunity Whew
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11. Re: Disney Interactive Cuts 700 Mar 7, 2014, 07:33  Blue 
 
MxxCon wrote on Mar 7, 2014, 00:15:
Blue, doesn't your wife work at disney interactive?

Formerly. We forewent the opportunity to relocate with her job to Glendale. I'd be lying if I said one of our concerns about that was something like what happened in this story.

Edit: Actually, MrsBlue corrects me that she never worked at Disney Intertactive, but rather at Disney Worldwide Publishing. The reasoning for not moving stands.

This comment was edited on Mar 7, 2014, 16:52.
 
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10. Re: Disney Interactive Cuts 700 Mar 7, 2014, 02:10 jdreyer
 
Wildone wrote on Mar 6, 2014, 18:13:
Wankers. Im betting no management was let go..

I'm sure plenty of management was let go, but probably not C-level management. Might be coming though.
 
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9. Re: Disney Interactive Cuts 700 Mar 7, 2014, 00:15 MxxCon
 
Blue, doesn't your wife work at disney interactive?  
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8. Re: Disney Interactive Cuts 700 Mar 6, 2014, 21:43 Redmask
 
No surprise, they have completely failed to capitalize on the treasure trove of characters and franchises they're sitting on. It's rare to see an entire division so mishandled, I can't really blame them for having no stomach for in house development anymore.  
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7. Re: Disney Interactive Cuts 700 Mar 6, 2014, 20:23 Bundy
 
Noooooooooooooo, I just bought my kids a ton of Disney infinity characters.  
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6. Re: Disney Interactive Cuts 700 Mar 6, 2014, 19:36 Parallax Abstraction
 
Man, even when focusing on crappy free-to-play browser and mobile games, Disney still can't run a gaming division to save its life. Yet they keep trying...  
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5. Re: Disney Interactive Cuts 700 Mar 6, 2014, 18:27 Task
 
They probably figure they can get best results by shopping out to EA.

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4. Re: Disney Interactive Cuts 700 Mar 6, 2014, 18:20 Cutter
 
Mauschwitz.
 
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3. Re: Disney Interactive Cuts 700 Mar 6, 2014, 18:16 BobBob
 
I feel very bad for the workers. I've seen what layoffs do to people. It can be quite devastating.  
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2. Re: Disney Interactive Cuts 700 Mar 6, 2014, 18:13 Wildone
 
Wankers. Im betting no management was let go..  
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1. Re: Disney Interactive Cuts 700 Mar 6, 2014, 18:09 Kosumo
 
Thats massive cuts.  
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