Disney is unlikely to return to publishing its own games, praising the companies that it currently licences its franchises too. Yes, even Electronic Arts.
Or rather "notably EA and the relationship on the Star Wars properties", as CEO Robert Iger phrased it in an earnings call following its most recent financial results (transcribed by Seeking Alpha).
Iger was asked by an investor for an update on how Disney plans to participate in the video games space, and the CEO said that "we're obviously mindful of the size of that business."
He continued: "But over the years, as you know, we've tried our hand in self-publishing. We've bought companies. We've sold companies. We've bought developers. We've closed developers.
"And we found over the years that we haven't been particularly good at the self-publishing side, but we've been great at the licensing side."
Iger said the firm has enjoyed "good relationships with some of those we're licensing to", highlighting Electronic Arts as a particularly successful partnership and saying Disney is "probably going to continue" these sort of deals.
It's a statement that may raise a few eyebrows across the industry, particularly among consumers, given the controversy surrounding EA's use of the Star Wars IP. Most notably, the publisher caused controversy last year with its loot box monetisation mechanic in 2017's Star Wars Battlefront II -- and Disney reportedly pressured EA to remove it at the last minute.
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