At one time, media giant Disney video games such as Disney Infinity and Epic Mickey published internally through their newly-defined Disney Interactive Studios. This is no longer the case, as it today primarily licenses its franchises to night spots instead. An important partner is Electronic Arts. In 2013, Disney and EA signed a 10-year deal to make EA the exclusive Star Wars game publisher on the console, and now Disney boss Bob Iger has commented on the company's game publishing philosophy and relationship with EA.
He said on a revenue call that Disney's story of internal development and publishing of games has been shaken, so he is happy that Disney has now switched to a licensing model.
"Over the years, we have tried our hand in self-publishing, We have bought companies, we have sold companies, we have bought developers, we have closed developers. And we have over the years found that we have not been particularly good at the self-publishing since, I've been big on the license side that obviously doesn't require so much capital allocation, Iger says.
Especially about the IA, Iger Disney's relationship with the publisher has been "good", despite what might be seen as problems recently. [1
While Disney has been hugely successful in making its own movies, theme parks, cruise ships and TV shows, video games have been a tough nut to crack. "We have never been able to demonstrate much skill on the release side of games," Iger said.
EA has released two Star Wars console games, Star Wars: Battlefront and Star Wars: Battlefront II, since the license agreement with Disney began in 2013. The next is Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order from Titanfall Developer Respawn coming out during autumn. In other news, it was recently reported that EA interrupted an open Star Wars game, with the developer EA Vancouver, which now focuses on a smaller project that can be solved earlier. EA claims it is "fully committed" to making multiple Star Wars games part of its deal with Disney.
2015s Star Wars: Battlefront was a huge success, delivering more than 14 million copies. The sequel, who was criticized for his soldering mechanics, sent 9 million copies at the launch.
Provided that the EA's deal with Disney for Star Wars video games is not up to date, it goes on until 2023. Unlike wholly owned ownership deadlines such as Battlefield and Dragon Age, EA must pay Disney a license fee for its Star Wars games. However, the specific terms of the license agreement between Disney and EA are unknown.