Disney Buys Chicago Video Game Maker

6-year-old company is behind Stubbs the Zombie

By BJ Lutz
|  Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009  |  Updated 1:45 PM CDT
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Disney Buys Chicago Video Game Maker

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A Web site promotes Stubbs the Zombie, developed by Chicago's Wideload Games.

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Disney's determined ot keep its relevancy with kids who read comics and play video games.

Days after snatching up comic book company Marvel, The Walt Disney Company added Chicago-based video game maker Wideload Studios to its list of properties.

Their titles include Stubbs the Zombie in "Rebel Without a Pulse," Texas Cheat 'Em and Hail to the Chimp.

The 6-year-old company's founder and CEO, Alexander Seropian, will join Disney Interactive Studios in the newly-created role of Vice President of Creative, the company announced in a statement.

Seropian was the co-founder of the former Bungie Studios, the developers of widely popular games such as Halo: Combat Evolved and Myth. Bungie was later bought by Microsoft.

Disney did not disclose terms of the deal with Wideload.

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