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Disney video games unit lays off about 50 workers

Walt Disney Co.'s video game division laid off about 50 staffers Tuesday from several locations on the same day that it closed the Austin, Texas, studio that produced its "Epic Mickey" titles.

The layoffs were separate from the people who lost their jobs at Austin-based Junction Point, according to a knowledgeable person not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Disney's Interactive Media unit, which also includes online content, has shed jobs recently as it attempts to meet Chief Executive Robert Iger's publicly stated goal of achieving profitability in its current fiscal year.

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The games group has significantly pulled back its ambitions in order to focus on the upcoming "Infinity" project for consoles, along with mobile and social titles.


After 'Epic Mickey' fizzles, Disney shuts down game studio

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-- Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times

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