Epic Mickey Champion Says Bye-Bye Disney

Disney Interactive Studios started out as a small Disney arm that mainly churned out licensed games for kids. Today, it's a major game player. The man that made that happen is leaving the company.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Graham Hopper is leaving Disney Interactive. He is the man who made Epic Mickey happen. Under Hopper's watch, Disney acquired Warren Spector's studio.

Spector is designing Epic Mickey.

As Hopper leaves, Disney Interactive is focusing more on browser-type and mobile games. Last month, it was confirmed that Disney was canceling Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned, a console title the company had already spent millions on.

"The time has come for me to move on from the company and set my sights on new horizons," wrote Hopper in an internal email.

Longtime Disney video game chief Graham Hopper latest to exit interactive group [LA Times]