Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Electronic Arts had cancelled the in-development open-world game set in some galaxy far, far away. This led many to question the relationship between Disney and EA, and whether or not EA has done a good job with the license due to the frankly strange decisions that EA were making with the titles. During Disney’s earnings call yesterday, CEO Bob Iger said that Disney has a “good relationship” with EA, and that the company prefers to license its properties rather than developing and publishing themselves.
He stated; “We’re good at making movies and television shows and theme parks and cruise ships and the like, we’ve just never managed to demonstrate much skill on the publishing side of games, we’ve found over the years that we haven’t been particularly good at the self-publishing side, but we’ve been great at the licensing side which obviously doesn’t require that much allocation of capital.”
Disney sees more financial upside in licensing its properties to video game companies, rather than develop itself.