After enjoying a good deal of dominance around the world, Netflix is reportedly working its way into the gaming industry. According to reports, the American streaming giant has hired a former Electronic Arts (EA) and Facebook Portal executive to lead its gaming department.
The report from Bloomberg reveals that Netflix is preparing its way into the gaming sector in the coming year to compete with the likes of Apple ArcadeÂ and cloud gaming platforms such asÂ Google StadiaÂ andÂ Amazon Luna.
The streaming company has reportedly hired Mike Verdu, who has worked on many of EAâ€™s popular mobile games such as Sims, Plants vs Zombies, and Star Wars, to develop and lead the department. Verdu, as perÂ Bloomberg, will directly report to Netflix CEO Greg Peters.
Citing an anonymous source familiar with the matter, the report further mentions that Netflix will offer the games within its current streaming platform.
In addition, the company will not charge anything extra from subscribers to access the gamesÂ on its platform. So, existing users will possibly be able to enjoy the games on Netflix without paying an extra buck, which is pretty good news. Plus, it could help Netflix garner more subscribers, adding to its ever-growing user-base.
The company will be building its team to develop new games for users. In fact, Netflix has started advertising for game-development posts on its official website. Moreover, given Netflixâ€™s history with games-like content like the Black Mirror: Bandersnatch interactive movie and theÂ Stranger Things mobile game, the streaming giant might make a name for itself in the gaming sector.
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