Bungie founder leaves top Disney job

Alex Seropian has done many things in his lifetime – he co-founded Halo creator Bungie, and helped create Wideload, a lesser-known studio acquired by Disney Interactive in 2009. Seropian was part of the package deal, joining the new developer and moving up the ranks until becoming SVP and general manager of core games just over a year ago.

Over the past 12 months, he’s helped Disney gently move away from the traditional console market, focussing instead on the ever-growing social industry – but now it looks like he’s had enough, handing over the reins.

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The lucky recipient? Bill Roper, former Blizzard developer, who played a crucial role in creating Hellgate: London and held a major position at Cryptic Studios over the development of Champions Online.

Not sure quite what Seropian’s going to do with himself now, but his departure coincides with an announcement from Disney that the company has experienced decreased revenues and significant losses for its first fiscal quarter, partially due to – you guessed it – Disney‘s decreasing reliance on console releases.

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