Starwave was a Seattle, Washington-based software and website company, founded in 1993 by Paul Allen,[1] co-founder of Microsoft and led by CEO Mike Slade.[2][3] The company produced original CD-ROM titles, including Muppets Inside, and titles for Clint Eastwood, Sting,[4] and Peter Gabriel. They were the original developers of Castle Infinity, the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game for children, but Starwave's most lasting mark was in the area of web content sites. They developed,, Outside Online, and Mr. among other sites, setting the standard for much of the commercial Internet explosion of the late 1990s. Starwave also developed the first site and publishing system for Jim Cramer's

Starwave Corporation
IndustryDigital content
Founded1993; 31 years ago (1993)
Defunct1998; 26 years ago (1998)
FateAcquired by The Walt Disney Company, 1998
SuccessorWalt Disney Internet Group
HeadquartersBellevue, Washington, U.S.
Key people
Paul Allen, Mike Slade, Patrick Naughton



The company merged with Infoseek and was later sold to The Walt Disney Company. In April 1998, Disney purchased the outstanding shares of Starwave from Allen[5][6] after an initial buy of about 30% in 1997.[1] The new entity, Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) developed the portal.

In 2004, Disney re-activated the Starwave identity as Starwave Mobile, which published casual games for mobile phones.[7] They published several Scarface licensed games including Scarface: Money. Power. Respect. and games from Capybara Games including Critter Crunch.


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  7. ^ "Newly Formed Starwave Mobile Announces Initial Content Lineup". Business Wire. 25 October 2004. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2008.