Disney Interactive remained the only segment of the media giant to show an operating loss for the 2010 holiday quarter as the effects of the company's $763 million acquisition of social game maker Playdom
continue to drag down earnings.
Though revenue for the Interactive Media division was up 58 percent year over year to $349 million for the company's first fiscal quarter, which ended December 31, losses were up 13 percent to $13 million. Those losses had been shrinking throughout the 2010 fiscal year
Sales of console titles were up significantly for the holiday period, Disney said in an earnings statement, with 2010 games like Epic Mickey
and Toy Story 3
selling favorably compared to 2009 holiday releases including Sing It Pop Hits
and Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
But those increased console sales "were more than offset by the inclusion of results for Playdom in the current quarter, which reflected the impact of acquisition accounting," the company said.
Last month saw Disney's video game-making arm shut down Tron: Evolution developer Propaganda Games
and undertake reportedly significant layoffs
as the company restructures its game business around more casual and social titles.
Income for Disney as a whole was up 40 percent for the quarter, to $2.2 billion, demonstrating particularly strong growth for the company's media networks and studio entertainment businesses.