Netflix is getting into gaming, for real. In its quarterly letter to shareholders, the video-streaming service announced that it’s currently in the "early stages" of expanding into games. On the earnings call, Netflix founder and co-CEO Reed Hastings said they are "pushing" on it, while COO and chief product officer Greg Peters called gaming a "core part of our subscription offering". Netflix will start with mobile games — as most of its members have phones, and the platform has many developers — that will draw off its existing film and TV properties, but it will also license games from elsewhere to build out its catalogue, just as it does on the entertainment front. Netflix will also greenlight standalone games, Peters said, which could one day turn into a Netflix original movie or series. Hastings has repeatedly noted that the battle royale game Fortnite was among Netflix’s competitors — alongside YouTube , TikTok , and …sleep. And well, Netflix is now trying to come for Fortnite’s lunch, it would seem, though unlike many mobile titles, Netflix games won’t be free-to-play. They will be offered as part of the Netflix subscription at no additional cost. Think of this as a bundle of… Read full this story
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