Disney announced today it has sold the game studio FoxNext Games Los Angeles, the makers of “MARVEL Strike Force” and other titles, as well as Cold Iron Studios in San Jose, to the interactive entertainment and mobile game company Scopely. The studios were acquired by Disney in 2019 as a part of its $71.3 billion deal for 21st Century Fox. Disney is not, however, divesting of Fox’s full gaming lineup. The company clarified that its separate portfolio of Fox IP-licensed game titles were not a part of this deal and will continue to be a part of Disney’s licensed games business.
Acquisition terms were not disclosed.
FoxNext Games released its first title, “MARVEL Strike Force” in March 2018 and it brought in $150 million in its first year across iOS and Android. Another FoxNext title, “Storyscape,” released in early 2019, offers choose-your-own-adventure tales taking place in the world of “The X-Files” or “Titanic.” (This one is a part of Fogbank and not included in the acquisition.)
More recently, the studio soft-launched “Avatar: Pandora Rising,” a massive real-time strategy and social game set in Pandora from the movie “Avatar.”
According to data from Sensor Tower, “MARVEL Strike Force” has been downloaded more than 26 million times to date. “Storyscape” has topped 1.7 million installs. The Avatar title isn’t broadly available, as it’s still in development. It only has 100,000 downloads at present.
FoxNext’s website also notes a game based on the movie franchise “Alien” is coming soon. (This was acquired with FoxNext’s own deal for Cold Iron Studios back in 2018.)
“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,” said Tim O’Brien, chief revenue officer at Scopely, in a statement about the deal. “In addition to successfully growing our existing business, we have been bullish on further expanding our portfolio through M&A, and FoxNext Games’ player-first product approach aligns perfectly with our focus on delivering unforgettable game experiences. We are thrilled to combine forces with their world-class team and look forward to a big future together,” he added.
Scopely, which hit over a billion in lifetime revenue in summer 2019, had also acquired DIGIT Game Studios last year, home to the top-grossing MMO/strategy game “Star Trek Fleet Command” and strategy MMO “Kings of the Realm.”
Other Scopely top game titles include “Looney Tunes World of Mayhem,” “The Walking Dead: Road to Survival,” “Wheel of Fortune: Free Play,” “WWE Champions 2019,” “Yahtzee with Buddies Dice Game,” “Dice with ellen,” “Scrabble Go” and many more.
With its latest acquisition, Scopely adds another top-grossing game to its lineup, expands its in-development pipeline and gains the expertise of the FoxNext team. When the transaction completes, FoxNext Games President Aaron Loeb will join Scopely in a newly created executive role and FoxNext Games SVP & GM Amir Rahimi will lead the FoxNext Games Los Angeles studio within Scopely as president, Games.
(Correction: Typos of FoxNext’s name corrected. It is FoxNext, not FoxNet; Also added info on Storyscape being excluded from the deal.)