15 Jul 2021 9:07 AM +00:00

Netflix Plans Expansion Into Gaming Next Year

Netflix has cosied up to video games for quite some time. Having released adaptations based upon The Witcher, Castlevania and Resident Evil - not forgetting upcoming ones like Assassin's Creed, Sonic The Hedgehog and Cuphead - they're now looking at expanding into video games.

As reported by Bloomberg, the streaming service has hired former EA and Facebook executive Mike Verdu. Working as vice president of game development, they'll report directly to the Chief Operating Officer, Greg Peters. Previously, Verdu was seen working with developers in bringing new games to Oculus virtual-reality headsets.

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Netflix Plans Expansion Into Gaming Next Year

Reportedly, this push will see Netflix offer games directly through their streaming platform in 2022 at no extra charge. While it's not explicitly mentioned in Bloomberg's reports, that would likely be a cloud gaming platform, perhaps similar to Microsoft's xCloud, Google Stadia or Amazon Luna.

It wouldn't be the first time Netflix's tried their hand at interactive content. Back in 2018, they released Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, an interactive film similar to FMV games or a "choose-your-own-adventure" book. With streaming services divided between competing forces like Disney+, adding games would certainly offer an advantage. As always, we'll keep you informed when we learn more.