14 June 2021
Netflix is a globally well-known movie and TV show streaming service but as per new reports, it has now set its eye on an entirely different industry for expansion. There have been a couple of insider sourced reports claiming that Netflix is considering releasing a game subscription service for its millions of users around the globe.
The first report came from The Information and revealed that Netflix has an interest in hiring an experienced executive that will supervise the company's gaming ambitions. The service is currently described as similar to Apple Arcade where users can play a number of games in exchange for a fixed monthly fee. They neither have to buy any of these games separately nor make any in-app purchases which could turn out to be a significantly expensive affair for many gamers.
It adds that Netflix's game subscription service will also have games without any ads. However, all of these plans are subject to change and can actually change with time. A separate report from Axios citing its own insider sources has corroborated all these claims about the company's plans for the future.
The collection of games is said to be "a mix of licensed Netflix intellectual property and original work commissioned from independent studios". A possible launch is expected to happen sometime in 2022 which is quite far away. The new report also maintains the status that things are subject to change.
Netflix is not exactly alien to the gaming industry as it has worked on a few projects in the past. We have seen it releasing various TV shows based on popular video games like The Witcher, Resident Evil, and Castlevania. It even collaborated with Telltale Games to release an official video game based on the popular show Stranger Things.