Streaming giant Netflix has officially confirmed that it will be expanding into video games.
In its latest financial results released Tuesday, the company said it was currently “in the early stages” of expanding into games, basing its previous efforts around interactive television (such as Black Mirror Bandersnatch) and its Stranger games. Things.
The games will be included in members ’Netflix subscriptions at no additional cost, the company said, and will initially be“ primarily ”focused on games for mobile devices.
“We see the game as another new category of content for us, similar to our expansion into original movies, animation and unwritten TV,” he told Netflix in a letter to shareholders.
“We are excited as always about our films and TV series offerings and look forward to a long track record of investment and growing growth in all of our existing content categories, but since we are almost a decade old. in our push into original programming, we think Time is right to learn more about how our members appreciate games. ”
Last week it emerged that Netflix had appointed former Electronic Arts and Facebook CEO Mike Verdu to work on an initiative related to video games.
A Bloomberg The report claims that Netflix is set to add video games to its streaming platform in the next 12 months, presented as a new genre of programming.
The company has no plans to charge extra for access to the games, the report adds, although the new content may help justify the price of the subscription growing further.
It is said that Netflix is now recruiting for roles related to game development, although it has been stated that the California-based company has not yet decided on a real game development strategy.
The company had previously suggested seeing entering the gaming market as a significant challenge. Speaking in 2019, CEO Reed Hastings said Netflix had no intention of creating a game streaming service.
“We don’t compete with Fortnite better by doing something like that [a streaming service] because we’re not good at it, ”he said at the time. “We’re doing the most spectacular TV shows you’ve ever seen, so you’ve put on Fortnite and come watch our shows.”
Netflix has produced dozens of video game adaptations over the years, most notably The Witcher, Sonic the Hedgehog, Castlevania and a Resident Evil movie. He is currently also working on films based on two Ubisoft properties: The Division and Beyond Good and Evil, as well as an Assassin’s Creed series.