It's confirmed - Netflix really is jumping into the gaming scene. As GameSpot noticed in a shareholders letter, the subscription service best known for its TV and film products is now turning its eye to gaming as the next big venture.
In the letter you can see here, the document directly confirms that Netflix is "in the early stages" of expanding into games, directly citing Black Mirror Bandersnatch as a beginning point of this venture. It says: "We're also in the early stages of further expanding into games, building on our earlier efforts around interactivity (eg, Black Mirror Bandersnatch) and our Stranger Things games. We view gaming as another new content category for us, similar to our expansion into original films, animation and unscripted TV. Games will be included in members' Netflix subscription at no additional cost similar to films and series."
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So where are the games going to be? Well, Netflix isn't immediately going to be putting Bandersnatch-likes on the service - instead, it's looking more to work on mobile titles first before expanding into bigger projects. The letter says: "Initially, we'll be primarily focused on games for mobile devices. We're excited as ever about our movies and TV series offering and we expect a long runway of increasing investment and growth across all of our existing content categories, but since we are nearly a decade into our push into original programming, we think the time is right to learn more about how our members value games."
Well considering that Netflix has been delving into nerd culture for a while now and already has collaboration like the Assassin's Creed show on the way, making games themselves seems like a good expansion. The team at Netflix has had some really great production value on its own projects and hopefully, the team would be able to create games with a similar level of polish at least.
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