Disney CEO Claims Relationship with EA is Good

Disney CEO explains that the company never excelled at developing games

By Grayshadow, Posted 07 Feb 2019

Since ending Disney Infinity back in 2016 the company has stayed away from video games, instead, dealing with more acclaimed developers and publishers to create games using their IPs. EA was contracted by Disney to be the sole producer of Star Wars games that have been negatively received by fans and critics for their predatory practices and monetization first policies. However, it seems that Disney and EA's relationship is stronger than ever.

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First reported by Variety, Disney CEO Bob Iger explained this during a financial call about Disney’s future with video games, Iger said, “We’re good at making movies and television shows and theme parks and cruise ships and the like, we’ve just never managed to demonstrate much skill on the publishing side of games.” 

Iger went on stating, “We’re obviously mindful of the size of that business. Over the years, as you know, we’ve tried our hand at self-publishing, we’ve bought companies, we’ve sold companies, we’ve bought developers, we’ve closed developers. And we’ve 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 which obviously doesn’t require that much allocation of capital.”

Fans of Star Wars and gaming, in general, have voiced their confusion on the matter considering how Star Wars Battlefront 2 turned out. In addition, EA has canceled and closed studios relating to Star Wars projects but Disney is more than happy to work with the company. 

In comparison, Insomniac's Marvel's Spider-Man, which is owned by Marvel and by conjunction Disney, is widely considered one of the best games of 2018 and in the action-adventure genre. Whereas Star Wars Battlefront following EA's contract with Disney has become one of the most infamous games of this generation.

Adam Siddiqui, NoobFeed
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Publisher(s): Electronic Arts
Developer(s): EA Dice, Criterion Software, Motive Studios
Genres: Action Adventure, Action Shooter, Sci-Fi
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