Walt Disney to Acquire Minds Eye TV Game Developer

The Walt Disney Internet Group on Wednesday announced its acquisition of British game developer Minds Eye Productions in a move signaling Disney's commitment to interactive television gaming, the companies said.

Disney entered interactive gaming last year with its launch of Disney Channel Play, carried on the UK's Sky satellite system. Disney Channel Play featured games centered on Disney characters, TV shows and movies, such as "Kim Possible" and "The Lion King."

In a statement, Disney said the purchase of Minds Eye demonstrates its commitment to the iTV games market and to finding new growth opportunities for Disney.

Minds Eye joins a stable of other Disney assets developing interactive content for Disney in Europe, a Disney spokesman said. Minds Eye has developed interactive TV games such as "Monopoly" and "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire" for Sky Active platform, as well as games for Disney Channel Play.

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.

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