Disney gains Chinese development foothold

Disney gains Chinese development foothold
Michael French

By Michael French

April 7th 2008 at 4:28PM

Acquisition of Gamestar gives House of Mouse's expanding empire its sixth studio

Disney Interactive Studios has bought Chinese studio Gamestar.

Founded in 2002, the firm employs 90 staff across studios in Shanghai and Wuhan. The company was originally founded as an outsourcing firm but last year moved into full games development, targeting console game production.

“Gamestar will play an important role in our global growth plans, providing a high quality talent pool for our expanding product portfolio,” said Graham Hopper, executive vice president and general manager, Disney Interactive Studios.

“Our global expansion is aimed at achieving a new level of creative capacity, quality, and expertise in video game software development.”

Gamestar will be the sixth Disney Interactive studio - it currently owns Black Rock (Brighton, UK), Avalanche Software and Fall Line (Utah, USA), Propaganda (Vancouver, Canada) and Warren Spector's Junction Point (Texas, USA).