Web-based streaming service Netflix has announced that video games would be included in its service at no additional cost. Netflix has only ever operated in the world of television and film, but as gaming continues to exceed both of those industries, it appears the tech giant is attempting to gain a piece in the gaming market.
The news comes just days after the company announced that they hired Mike Verdu, a former EA, and Oculus executive, to lead its gaming operations.
Netflix stated in an investor letter (via GameSpot) that it will be adding games to its library in the near future. The new feature will be available for free, although it’s unknown what types of games would be available. Netflix may work with PlayStation for some games, according to a leak. Although the streaming service mentioned Bandersnatch in their letter, which is more of an interactive film. It also stated that it will be “mainly focused on games for mobile devices” at first, although it’s unclear whether this means Netflix’s games will only be available on mobile devices at first or whether it just plans to provide mobile game streaming on TVs.
In any case, Netflix is clearly interested in the gaming industry. This is something the streamer has dabbled with numerous times, but this will be the company’s first serious attempt to focus on gaming. Netflix’s gaming business has been rumored for a while, but it’s now become a reality.
Only time will tell if Netflix is able to achieve its goals.