Avalanche Software

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Not to be confused with Avalanche Studios.
Avalanche Software, LLC
Industry Video games
Fate Closed
Founded October 3, 1995; 21 years ago (1995-10-03)
Defunct May 10, 2016; 7 months ago (2016-05-10)
Headquarters Salt Lake City, Utah
Key people
John Blackburn (CEO)
Owner Disney Interactive
Parent Disney Interactive Studios (2005–2016)
Website avalanchesoftware.go.com

Avalanche Software, LLC was a video game developer studio, founded in October 1995 by four lead programmers from Sculptured Software. The company had developed for every console platform since the Mega Drive/Genesis and Super NES days and has grown to a staff of over 100 since its inception. The company was headed up by CEO John Blackburn.


As an independent studio, Avalanche Software was responsible for a number of video games and ports, notably creating Tak and the Power of Juju and the Tak franchise in conjunction with Nickelodeon.

In April 2005, Buena Vista Games (BVG), the video game publishing arm of The Walt Disney Company, acquired the Salt Lake City-based studio.[1] BVG formed a new game studio, Fall Line Studio, in November 2006 to create Disney and new game titles for Nintendo DS and the Wii console.[2] Disney Interactive Studios (DIS) merged Fall Line Studio into its sister studio, Avalanche Software, in January 2009.[3]

DIS in October 2012 announced "Toy Box", a cross platform gaming initiative where Pixar and Disney characters will interact from a console game to multiple mobile and online applications.[4] In January 2013, Avalanche Software unveiled the toys-to-life cross-platform game Disney Infinity based on Toy Story 3: The Video Game's "Toy Box" mode crossed with a toy line.[5]

With a lack of growth in Toys-to-life market and increasing developmental costs, Disney Interactive discontinued Disney Infinity and closed down Avalanche Software, and Disney Interactive Studios as a whole,[6] in May 2016.

Many of the former Avalanche Software workers were employed by castAR to create a new studio in Salt Lake City.[7]

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  1. ^ Kawamoto, Dawn (April 19, 2005). "Disney scoops up Avalanche, founds new studio". gamespot.com. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Disney to make Nintendo games". Los Angeles Times. Reuters. November 8, 2006. Retrieved October 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ Sinclair, Brendan (January 29, 2009). "Disney layoffs hit Turok, Bolt studios". gamespot.com. Archived from the original on March 7, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ Barnes, Brooks (October 21, 2012). "Disney, Struggling to Find Its Digital Footing, Overhauls Disney.com". The New York Times. Retrieved October 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Lang, Derrik J. (January 15, 2013). "Disney unveils own 'Skylanders'-like franchise". Business Week. AP. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Alexander, Julia (2016-05-10). "Disney is ending its Infinity video game line, shutting down Avalanche Software". Polygon. Retrieved 2016-11-23. 
  7. ^ Conditt, Jessica (15 September 2016). "Augmented reality studio castAR picks up 'Disney Infinity' devs". Engadget. Retrieved 15 September 2016. 

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