Disney Interactive Studios has plans to lay off several hundred members, mostly from the Playdom social games division. While Disney Infinity, the action figure based video game has been popular and successful, the social game division has not seen as much success.
John Pleasants, co-president of Interactive, was the former CEO of Playdom and EA executive until Disney acquired it. In November of 2013, John Pleasants was replaced by Jimmy Pitaro. Pitaro announced the planned layoffs after an internal discussion about the reorganization of the senior executive team. The layoff and subsequent changes appear to follow in the footsteps of Disney’s acquisition of the LucasArts in the beginning of 2013.
Following the acquisition, the internal development of LucasArts was subsequently shutdown.
The good news for Infinity owners and players is that new versions of Infinity will continue to be developed, including the addition of characters from the Star Wars and Marvel Superheros lines.