Netflix to Launch Its First Non-Mobile Game Following the Acquisition of New Gaming Studio

Published 10/23/2021, 2:44 PM EDT


Netflix bought Night School Studio, the developers behind the popular game Oxenfree. The company has launched five mobile games; however, these games are only available to European subscribers. With the recent acquisition, the company, Netflix, is all set to launch its first-ever non-mobile game for no extra charge.

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Earlier this year, the company announced its plans to expand beyond movies/tv series, hoping to eventually diversify its sources of income.

The reason behind this is an increase in competition with several other streaming services available on the market, such as Hotstar Disney Plus, HBO Max, Hulu, and many more. However, the company wants to offer something beyond just movies/tv series for their customers to stay ahead of its competitors.

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In July 2021, the company appointed Mike Verdu, who used to work at Facebook as vice president of VR Gaming. Before this, he served as the head of the mobile gaming division in electronic arts. And this is what Mike Verdu said about this acquisition:

We’re in the early stages of creating a great gaming experience for our members around the world. So we’re excited to announce today Night School Studio is joining Netflix. 

Founded by Sean Krankel and Adam Hines in 2014, Night School Studio is best known for their critically acclaimed debut game, . We’re inspired by their bold mission to set a new bar for storytelling in games. Their commitment to artistic excellence and proven track record make them invaluable partners as we build out the creative capabilities and library of Netflix games together.”

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Mike Verdu that the company is open to collaborating with developers all around the globe to deliver a wide range of games to their subscribers.

This acquisition is a sign that the company is very serious about its video game venture. According to a source, the company plans to launch video games in the coming 12 months and will be available as a separate genre.

The company has no intention of charging anything extra for the video games as these will be a part of the normal subscription plan just like for movies/tv series.

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Fans can expect some quality video games on Netflix soon. Comment below and let us know what do you think about this acquisition?

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Swetabh Shekhar

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Swetabh Shekhar is an eSports author at EssentiallySports and holds a Master's degree in Mass Communication. He has been playing video games since his childhood days and has witnessed the evolution of the gaming industry. GTA, Assassins Creed, Call of Duty, and The Walking Dead are some of his all-time favorites.

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