The move comes as the company retreats from making its own video games. Earlier, it pulled the plug on a game and toy line and shut down a social media and mobile game.
Disney is closing a Bellevue video-game studio and laying off its 61 employees there, the second major layoff in the city’s gaming industry in the space of a month.
The entertainment conglomerate has been retreating from making its own video games, announcing earlier this year that it was pulling the plug on the “Infinity” video game and toy line the company introduced in 2013.
Earlier this month, Disney said it was shutting down the “Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2” social media and mobile game developed by the Disney Social Games team in Bellevue.
A Disney spokesman said the company had decided to close the studio after the game didn’t perform as well as Disney had hoped. The company has shifted from making games in-house toward licensing the rights for external studios to build, he said.
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The company still runs some of its own game production, including California studios behind “Star Wars Commander” and “Disney Emoji Blitz.”
The layoff follows the news last month that WG Cells, a Bellevue mobile video game studio owned by Wargaming, would shut down and lay off 64 employees.