Movie and series streaming service intends to add games to its service catalog and has already started to move towards this
The news that Netflix will have games in the catalog started circulating in May of this year, but now, it seems that it has become a little more real. According to the Bloomberg Netflix is planning to add games to its subscription service sometime in 2022 and has hired Mike Verdu, formerly of EA and Facebook/Oculus, as “VP of Game Development”.
Such news not only indicates that the platform intends to have games on its service list, it certainly implies that Netflix is looking to create its own games rather than just license others (although, as it does with currently, it will likely do both anyway. manner).
"The idea is to offer video games on Netflix's streaming platform next year," says the news, while reporting that "the company currently doesn't plan to charge more for content."
While this may initially seem like an odd move for a company that has made a name for itself with movies and TV, it makes a lot more sense when you consider that Netflix is a media company that finds itself at war with not just Amazon Prime and Disney Plus, but with anyone trying to sell content played on the living room TV.
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Netflix execs are no doubt looking at Microsoft's growing success with the Game Pass platform and thinking, yes, “this is something we could also be doing and making millions/billions” just as Amazon did (sort of ), and just like Google did (not very well)
But that may not be such good news for us gamers. According to the website, Gamasutra, for example, Google is about to start giving developers a bonus based on how long people play their games. This may be how TV series are rated, but that's not how video games work, and that could cause game producers to start making games that entice the player to spend long hours in front of them instead of offering a more focused and impactful story.
Or there's a boom in games-as-a-service that force you to do endless, repetitive quests so you can spend hours playing games just to earn scraps of rewards. In any case, we run the risk of moving in that direction, given the metrics Microsoft must have achieved with Game Pass and that Google would also have considered implementing this policy in the first place, but with Netflix getting in on the action it just seems like something. even worse, given the company's own obsession with “watch hours” and its cruelty in killing programs so they don't get enough audience.
We still don't know which direction Netflix intends to take or what their business model will be. Also, is the platform prepared to support a large number of players at the same time on its servers? After all, watching a movie you are just passively receiving data on your screen. Playing requires a constant exchange of information which, if not done at the correct time, will only cause frustration for players!
Now, leave it there in the comments. Did you guys like the idea that Netflix will have games in the catalog? Do you think it will be something that could harm the games in the long run? And is hiring someone from EA a good thing or not? Enjoy to read more News on our website.