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How Disney took over video games after closing all of its studios

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Making video games is hard — just ask the folks at Disney. After years of trying to make it work with studios across the world, the media giant shut down its game development business in 2016, transitioning exclusively to a licensing model. At the time this decision appeared to be surrender, but over the intervening years it’s begun to look more like brilliance. Today Disney has some of the world’s best game design talent working on its properties, all without having to worry about the actual financial risk of managing teams of hundreds across multiple contents. How did the Mouse pull it off?

The answer is bigger than Disney itself and spans a half decade of fundamental changes to how games are made, sold, and experienced.

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