Platform Wars: Netflix will add video games to its offering

Netflix is ​​looking at ways to maintain its growth, especially in more saturated markets like the United States. The plan includes a more demanding children’s show, the opening of an online store selling the products of his main creations, and an attempt to “sign” Steven Spielberg to bring his most famous films into his catalog. Although the company is still far ahead of competitors such as Amazon, Disney+ or HBO Max, the subscribers it has listed in recent months is lower than expected.

In that sense, pushing games forward will be one of Netflix’s boldest moves yet. According to the company contacted a few days ago, Mike Verdo will be joining Netflix as Vice President of Game Development, reporting to COO, Greg Peters. Verdu was previously a vice president of Facebook and was responsible for working with developers to bring games and other content to Oculus, the virtual reality headset.

The company plans to introduce video games on the platform starting next year. Games will appear alongside existing cartoons as a new type of programming, similar to what Netflix has done with documentaries or specials. According to reports, the company does not plan to charge more fees for content.

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Terry Alexander

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