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Jam City signs mobile game development deal with Disney

Mobile gaming company Jam City is announcing a multi-year deal to create mobile games based on Pixar and Walt Disney Animation characters and films.
As part of the agreement, Jam City is taking over development of the match-three puzzle game Disney Emoji Blitz, whichlaunched in 2016. Jam City says that everyone at Disneys Glendale game studio whos affected by this will be offered new jobs at the company to continue working on the title.
The first new game, meanwhile, will be based on the upcoming sequel to Frozen (thats right, theres going to be a Frozen 2), though the companies arent revealing any details, like the type of gameplay or the release date.
While our licensing business for Disney Animation and Pixar games has grownover the last year and we have several top developers creating Disney games, thisdeal with Jam City represents a significant long-term opportunity for our gamesbusiness and for the future slate of Disney and Pixar games, said Kyle Laughlin,Disneys senior vice president of games and interactive experiences, in a statement.
Jam City was founded in 2009 by Chris DeWolfe (who previously cofounded and served as CEO of MySpace) and former Fox executive Josh Ygaudo. It was initially focused on social games and was known as MindJolt before becoming the Social Gaming Network (named after a company it acquired) and then rebranding again two years ago as Jam City.
While Jam City has created its own games like Cookie Jam and Panda Pop, its also been releasing titles based on well-known franchises and intellectual property, such as Snoopy Pop and Marvel Avengers Academy. Earlier this year, it launched Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a game that allows players to enroll in J.K. Rowlings famous school for wizards and features the voices of several actors from the films.
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