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Netflix’s new Gaming Service

What is Netflix?

Netflix is the massively popular online subscription service that allows users to watch movies and shows by streaming them. It first began in 1999 as a rental company, where customers could choose the movies and shows they wanted to watch, and these were mailed to them in the form of DVDs. When they moved from DVDs to an online platform, they also fine-tuned a recommendation system that is now widely used for customers to find movies best for them. They also have many original series shows and movies, such as Stranger Things, Narcos, and The Crown. They also recently took a step into more interactive shows with films like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which allows users to choose how the movie’s plot line proceeds.

Netflix’s Current Plans

Currently, there are several reports that Netflix is planning on creating a bundle service, similar to Apple Arcade that will be available on their existing online platform. Additionally, Netflix has reached out to many game industry executives in order to hire them for their upcoming efforts. If Netflix decides to go ahead with these plans, they will be able to use their current IP, or intellectual property, from popular shows and adapt them into a video-game format. They tried this before in 2019, when they partnered with Telltale Games to make a Stranger Things game which died before it was officially announced. 

The current rumors surrounding this possible service point to the year of 2022 for the release, meaning Netflix may be more serious about this endeavor as they have a possible deadline. Netflix’s current movie and show lineup has a lot of video game related content, such as Resident Evil, and The Witcher, so being able to use their rights to these shows in order to create related video-game content would allow Netflix to gain even more traction for their hugely popular shows. Currently on Netflix, only Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode offers a gaming experience to users.

Sources:

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Netflix-Inc

https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/24/22452173/netflix-gaming-subscription-service-executive-2022

https://www.t3.com/news/netflix-could-introduce-apple-arcade-style-gaming-to-the-platform

https://mspoweruser.com/netflix-may-launch-its-gaming-service-next-year/

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