TV and movie streaming giant Netflix could offer video games as part of its subscription from as early as next year, a new report claims.
According to Bloomberg, a person “familiar with the situation” has stated that video games could appear “within the next year”, being available alongside the service’s current content as a new, standalone genre. Apparently, Netflix doesn’t have any plans to charge any extra for the video game content on offer, presumably meaning that current subscribers would be able to access the games with no extra steps required.
The report notes that Netflix has hired former Electronic Arts and Oculus veteran Mike Verdu as its vice president of game development; previously, Verdu worked as Facebook’s vice president and was in charge of helping developers bring their games to the Oculus VR platform.
The idea of Netflix adding games to its service isn’t new, of course; reports surrounding the possibility first appeared back in May, and the company itself has expressed that it’s “excited to do more with interactive entertainment.” We’ve also seen Netflix properties appear on Switch, such as Stranger Things 3: The Game – but will games like these end up being exclusive to Netflix’s service going forward?
Are you a Netflix subscriber? Would you welcome games to the service? How do you think such a thing could impact Nintendo, Xbox Game Pass, or other areas of the gaming world? Share your thoughts with us in the comments.