Graham Hopper, algemene mananger van Disney Interactive, houdt het er na acht jaar hard werken binnen de gameindustrie voor gezien. In een officiële brief naar zijn vrienden en collega’s licht hij zijn vertrek toe:
Dear friends and colleagues,Onder leiding van Graham kwam Disney Interactive naast Epic Mickey en het nog te verschijnen Tron: Evolution eerder al met Pure en Split/Second. Jonh Pleasants is nu de aangewezen man om Graham op te volgen.
It seems like yesterday I was given the wonderful opportunity to lead the Disney Interactive Studios team and build a 21st century games business worthy of the Disney brand. Since taking on the challenge, I discovered we all enjoy a shared passion for great games, a vigorous creative environment and working together as a collective team which has made every day here worthwhile.
After more than eight years at DIS and 19 years at Disney, the time has come for me to move on from the company and set my sights on new horizons. During December I will transition my responsibilities to DIMG’s co-president, John Pleasants, who will continue to manage and oversee DIMG’s collective gaming strategy.
As I look back, I am so proud of what we’ve accomplished. Our global games business has grown dramatically, we continue to attract and develop some of the best creative talent in the industry, we create award-winning products, and we’ve reached our target to become a top-five publisher on Nintendo platforms. This was all accomplished by the hard work of every DIS employee and a strong collective belief in the vision we set out to execute on many years ago. We have put Disney on the map in video games, and for that, we should all be extremely proud. As we ship our upcoming titles Disney Epic Mickey and TRON: Evolution, we can be confident that we continue to create, market and deliver high-quality, best-in-class games that both entertain and delight players. My heartfelt thanks go out to all of you and I wish you much success.