Disney is looking to beef up its gaming arm by reportedly offering $454 million to acquire UTV, the parent company of Ignition. The deal would see Disney purchasing the remaining 49.6% of the shares which it doesn’t already own. This is an interesting move since Ignition hasn’t been doing so great lately and Disney recently closed Split/Second developer Black Rock Studios.
UTV appears to be in the process of attempting to turn Ignition into a publishing house rather than a true development studio by closing down non-essential assets in the process. At this point, it’s not clear if Disney will continue down that path. What Disney’s overall goal on the gaming front is, honestly I don’t think anybody knows.