Disney Interactive Lays Off Roughly 700
The Walt Disney Company has laid off approximately 700 employees at Disney Interactive, a company spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Prior to the layoffs, roughly 2,800 employees worked at the division.
"Disney Interactive has consolidated several lines of business as part of an effort to focus the division on a streamlined suite of high-quality digital products," read a Disney statement. "As a result of this restructuring, we have undergone a reduction in workforce. These actions were difficult but necessary given our long-term strategy focused on sustainable profitability and innovation."
Cuts at the gaming and digital Disney unit had been anticipated, but previous reports suggested that the number of staffers let go wouldn't be as high as 700.
Last August Disney Interactive launched a high-profile multiplatform video game, Infinity, that included characters from many of its blockbuster movie properties.
"We’re not exiting any businesses, and we will pursue licensing partnerships in which we retain a lot of creative input," divisision president James A. Pitaro told The New York Times, which first reported the news. "But this is a doubling down on mobile and an effort to focus much more intently on a core set of priorities."
Co-president John Pleasants departed Disney Interactive last November and Pitaro had signaled that the unit would be undergoing a reorganization.