As a fan myself, Disney fandom, for me, isn’t just something enthusiasts like—it’s a way of life. It’s something I’ve seen and believe entire communities form around, with millions of people weaving Disney and Pixar films, television programs, theme park experiences, and licensed products into the fabric of their lives. And this is not only my experience as a game designer creating these cherished and much-loved experiences; I’m also simply one of many fans in a larger global, multi-generational community.
In 2020, Glu Games Inc. launched Disney Sorcerer’s Arena, a mobile game that combines turn-based RPG with card-based combat and fighting gameplay. It allowed fans to pick teams of Disney and Pixar characters, including heroes and villains from animated films, live-action features, and even nostalgic cartoons, and send them into battle against other teams. Players became “Summoners” in the Sorcerer’s Arena, able to build a collection of characters out of a deep and ever-growing roster. In the two years since, the game has inspired players and content creators to grow an incredible online community of dedicated fans as they competed against one another and worked together to discover bigger and better synergies and gameplay strategies.