More than 50 employees at Disney Interactive lost their jobs today in what is being termed a restructuring within the online unit of the organization. A source close to the situation confirmed that the restructuring was completed Wednesday. Approximately 3% of the online unit of about 2,000 people were affected. Another person familiar with events said notification was given to employees today. The layoffs are occurring within the online unit at Disney Interactive only; there were no cuts at the organization’s Games group, which develops video games like the Disney Epic Mickey franchise. The online unit handles company properties like Disney.com; as well as Moms and Family properties like the recently acquired Babble, which Disney bought last November; and Spoonful.com among others. Today’s action was a necessary restructuring as part of the division’s plans to remain competitive, according to a source familiar with internal discussions. This is the second such round of layoffs at Disney Interactive in less than two years. In January 2011, the division laid off about 200 employees in what was then called “a reorganization.”
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