May 22, 2022

Disney to Sell Off FoxNext Mobile Studio

Back when Disney acquired 20th Century Fox, the entertainment giant also acquired some of Fox’s studios. Included in this list is FoxNext Games. FoxNext developed free-to-play mobile game Marvel Strike Force.

As reported by Variety, Disney intends to sell FoxNext to Scopely, another mobile developer. Whilst not the most well-known mobile games developer, FoxNext does have around 200 employees.

Tim O’Brien, Scopely’s chief revenue officer spoke to Variety to say;

“We have been hugely impressed with the incredible game the team at FoxNext Games has built with Marvel Strike Force and can’t wait to see what more we can do together”

FoxNext also owns Cold Iron Studios, which Scopely is reportedly planning to sell on. The main reason behind this, according to O’Brien, is that Cold Iron predominantly develop PC and console games. This, therefore, does not fit into Scopely’s business plans.

Cold Iron, who is developing an Alien-based shooter game, has around 50 employees. The fate of Cold Iron is as yet unknown.

In the past, Disney has publicly said how it does not want to be in the game-studio business. Several Disney-run studios and products were cancelled following this decision. The losses include Disney Infinity range of toys-to-life products, the shuttering of Avalanche Studios, and the dissolution of Disney Interactive Studios.

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Founded in 2011, Scopely has generated over $1 billion in lifetime revenue. Some of the company’s highest-grossing games include Star Trek Fleet Command, Looney Tunes World of Mayhem, The Walking Dead: Road to Survival, and WWE Champions.

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