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Disney cuts jobs at social dev Three Melons

Source says "30 jobs and counting" gone at Playdom internal studio

Disney has cut at least 30 jobs within its Interactive Media Group division, Gamasutra reports.

A representative for the company confirmed that it had made redendancies in an effort to "refine" its digital business.

"As part of our ongoing strategy to best position the Disney Interactive Media Group for success in digital media, we continually evaluate and refine our business," the representative said in a statement. "As part of this process we've made targeted layoffs within the division."

An anonymous source later told the site that "30 people and counting" have been made redundant at Playdom's Three Melons studio in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is not yet known whether the job losses have affected other areas of the division. Disney declined to offer further comment.

Playdom bought Three Melons in April, at which point it had a staff of 45. Playdom was acquired by Disney four months later for $763 million.

This is the latest development in ana uncertain year for Disney's games business, after the closure of Propaganda Games in January and Black Rock Studios earlier this month.

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Raf Keustermans CEO, co-founder Plumbee 5 years ago
Strange move, given the cut-throat battle for talent in this space - a bunch of smaller companies got acquired in the last months just to get the talent on board...
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Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 5 years ago
Good luck to all those affected.
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 5 years ago
It seems no-one's job is safe at Disney Interactive Studios at the moment. If the company actually made long-term investments and used sensible strategies to get into the gaming space (like Warner Bros. has done) they might find it a much more profitable venture. Pinning all of their hopes on being at the forefront of the social games movement is both very risky and very costly, with no real indication of how this 'genre' if you like will evolve in the next few years.

At least EA has a catalogue of established PC and console games. Disney seem to have all but given up on anything in the traditional gaming market.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Terence Gage on 27th July 2011 1:43pm

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Terence Gage Freelance writer 5 years ago
"Playdom bought Three Melons in April, at which point it had a staff of 45. Playdom was acquired by Disney four months later for $763 million."

This comment confused me a bit - I think clarifying that it was April 2010 might be helpful!
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