Disney Wants To Sell Its Recently Acquired Gaming Company From Fox

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September 11, 2019  02:40 PM

 

Disney might have just recently acquired 21st Century Fox and the company’s various film and television assets, however, it seems like the Mickey Mouse House is thinking of selling off Fox’s gaming company.

According to a report by Bloomberg, the Walt Disney Company is currently planning to sell off FoxNext, a gaming company that Disney acquired when it merged with 21st Century Fox.

FoxNext was established in 2017 and its focus was on free-to-play mobile games. The videogame company was in charge of games like Marvel Strike Force. It’s currently developing games based on franchises like Avatar and Alien.

Direct-to-consumer chief Kevin Meyer tried to negotiate with Disney CEO Bob Iger and convince him to keep FoxNext, however, the Disney executive decided that he doesn’t really want Disney to actively work on videogames. Now, Disney wants to sell the videogame company off.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to Disney fans. The Mickey Mouse House hasn’t really had that much luck when it comes to videogames. In fact, it’s had a pretty tough history with the medium. Disney had to shut down Disney Infinity as well as many of its game studios back in 2016. Club Penguin soon followed, closing the year after.

Now, instead of publishing and developing its own games, the company licenses its properties to major publishers and developers. EA is developing the Mickey Mouse House’s Star Wars games. Nintendo is handling Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. Square Enix is currently developing Marvel’s Avengers.

Guess FoxNext has to find a new home somewhere else.

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