According to Bloomberg, Netflix is considering a fresh expansion into the game streaming industry. According to a new Bloomberg story, Netflix is considering expanding its streaming services to the gaming industry in the near future. The streaming behemoth has hired Mike Verdu (a former Electronic Arts and Facebook executive) as its new vice president of game development, as part of a new push beyond movies and TV shows.
If Verdu’s name seems familiar, it’s because he was in charge of delivering games to Facebook’s Oculus platform, as well as representing EA’s Medal of Honor and Command & Conquer titles.
Given how competitive the game streaming market is becoming, it’s understandable that Netflix would want a piece of the action. The company was almost certainly bound for greatness, but it received a massive boost owing to a deal with Microsoft in 2008 that saw it released as an Xbox 360 software. Given how competitive the game streaming market is becoming, it’s understandable that Netflix would want a piece of the action. The company was almost certainly bound for greatness, but it received a massive boost owing to a deal with Microsoft in 2008 that saw it released as an Xbox 360 software.
It would be too early to say whether Netflix will produce original games or stick to exclusive partnerships like Google’s Stadia and Amazon’s Luna. It could also be insufficient, however late, since many people are flocking to Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, a service that isn’t primarily based on streaming but also includes a classic download approach. I believe that Netflix’s name recognition will aid in its growth, particularly if it signs a package agreement with cinema streaming.
But whatever case may be, it appears that major firms are not waiting for global internet infrastructure to catch up. It’s possible that our future will be entirely digital before we know it, which is unsettling. I don’t think most people will have an issue if Netflix adopts a strategy similar to GameFly, where you may choose to receive actual discs in the mail in addition to streaming. However, this is irrelevant to owners of the PS5 Digital or Xbox Series S, which lack optical disc drives.