There have been many reports surrounding Netflix's potential venture into the world of games, and now its been confirmed. The service will be getting a gaming expansion at no extra charge to users, starting with a focus on mobile titles.
The news was buried within the company's Q2 earnings report, which revealed it sees "gaming as another new content category". The best part is that "games will be included in members’ Netflix subscription at no additional cost", so you're not going to have to shell anything extra out as of yet.
"We’re in the early stages of further expanding into games, building on our earlier efforts around interactivity (eg, Black Mirror Bandersnatch) and our Stranger Things games. We view gaming as another new content category for us, similar to our expansion into original films, animation and unscripted TV.
Games will be included in members’ Netflix subscription at no additional cost - similar to films and series. Initially, we’ll be primarily focused on games for mobile devices."
Netflix added that it now believes "the time is right to learn more about how [its] members value games", with this initial push into mobile gaming being the first to test the waters. It's unclear how this will play into the service on other platforms, but this could be seen as a potential competitor to Xbox Game Pass down the road, depending on how hard Netflix dives into gaming.
It was previously reported that gaming would be expanding into Netflix within the next year, with former EA and Facebook executive Mike Verdu helming the ship. Again, this is all in the early stages, but sets up a future for Netflix where we could be faced with even more options for how we play games.
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