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Disney Interactive Hit with Layoffs

Walt Disney has confirmed layoffs for their game studio, Disney Interactive, with CNBC sources claiming numbers anywhere from 30% to 50% of the staff. The move comes as a surprise to some, but not those who've stayed abreast of developments at the company, such as the acquisition of Playdom last year. The company seems poised to drift away from traditional game development and move toward the social game space.

With shake-ups in upper management and the cancellation of Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned, it seems it was only a matter of time before the switch went into full effect at Disney. The relative success of Epic Mickey hasn't swayed the forward march towards social networking either.

What's next for Disney in games isn't entirely clear, but don't expect anything at retail in the future, as it seems the house that brought us decades of great console games is headed for Facebook and the like.

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Joe Donato Video games became an amazing, artful, interactive story-driven medium for me right around when I played Panzer Dragoon Saga on Sega Saturn. Ever since then, I've wanted to be a part of this industry. Somewhere along the line I, possibly foolishly, decided I'd rather write about them than actually make them. So here I am.
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