It looks like Netflix is planning to get into video games. According to Bloomberg , Netflix has hired Mike Verdu as vice president of game development.
Netflix plans to expand into the world of video game streaming
Verdu has previously worked at Electronic Arts and with Facebook as a vice president working with developers for the Oculus team.
Additional details are limited at this time, but Netflix has previously indicated a desire to expand into the world of video game streaming.
The company has made forays into interactive offerings such as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend, but the Oculus hire is one of the most significant.
The Reverend, but Verdu’s hiring shows that the company has much bigger video game plans for the future. Video game streaming has attracted the attention of many companies in recent years.
It’s hard to say whether or not Netflix will be able to succeed, but the company has a subscriber base that could help, where options like Google Stadia have struggled.
Right now, Xbox Game Pass is probably the closest thing the video game industry has to a Netflix-like service, offering subscribers more than 100 downloadable games.
The service also offers games that can be streamed to multiple devices, but the options are much more limited than those that can be downloaded directly.
Presumably, Netflix’s service will be all streaming.
Netflix’s foray into gaming will be interesting. The latter makes more sense, but will likely involve some sort of price increase.
It looks like Netflix is planning to get into video games. According to Bloomberg, Netflix has hired Mike Verdu as vice president of game development.