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Disney Leaves Game Publishing, Closes Infinity and Avalanche Software

Disney announced in a surprise move today that the multi-billion dollar company was not only stopping the self-publishing of games, but also ending their toys to life series Disney Infinity. Along with this, Disney announced the closure of Infinity developers Avalanche Software, causing over three hundred people to lose their jobs.

Speaking about the decision to end the Disney Infinity line, John Blackburn, the Avalanche Software Studio Vice President and General Manager, said the following in a blog post on Disney Interactive's website:

By now you may have heard the news that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Disney Infinity. From the beginning, Disney Infinity was built for you—our fans—and I wanted to take a moment to thank you not just for your support over the years, but for creating a community that made Disney Infinity more than just a game. Our goal for Disney Infinity was to bring the best of Disney storytelling to life in homes around the world, and with your support we accomplished that. We hope you had as much fun playing the game as we had making it. [...] And as we turn to the next chapter in our story, I want to thank everyone who helped bring Disney Infinity to life, particularly Disney’s Glendale-based production and publishing teams, our external development partners, and of course the incredible Avalanche team for their tireless dedication to this project. But most of all, I want to again thank you for making Disney Infinity a part of your lives—and for adding to the Disney legacy by being a part of this community.

The reason for the ending of the line had to do with Disney announcing plans to leave the publishing industry. In their second-quarter earning report, speaking about items that affected comparison to this quarter last year, the report said:

Items affecting comparability during the quarter ended April 2, 2016 included a $147 million charge in connection with the discontinuation of our self-published console games business, principally Infinity (Infinity Charge).

After this announcement, only two more lines of Disney Infinity figures are expected to be released before the series ends completely.

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