Netflix can be a TV show, a movie and game streaming platform in the near future. According to Bloomberg, the company has hired Mike Verdu, a former Oculus and EA leader, as vice president of game development. Verdu was VP of augmented and virtual reality games and content on Facebook, where he worked with developers for Oculus Rift, Quest and Go. From 2017 to 2018, he was also head of EA Mobile and oversaw the studios that worked with Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, SimCity BuildIt, Plants vs. Zombies and Sims free games, among others.
The company will reportedly expand its gaming team in the coming months to begin offering streaming games over the next year. Netflix is not exactly inexperienced in the area and previously developed games based on popular shows. However, it released these titles on mobile and console ̵
With competitors popping up left and right, Netflix has been looking for ways to grow and make sure it stays ahead, especially in saturated markets like the United States. Adding video games to the repertoire seems to be the answer it came up with recently. The information first reported that the company was looking to hire a manager to oversee the expansion of video games back in May. Apparently, Netflix approached several veteran leaders in the industry regarding the position. Then a spokesman for the company told The information:
“Our members value the diversity and quality of our content. Therefore, we have continuously expanded our offer – from series to documentaries, film, original language and reality TV. Members also like to engage more directly with stories they love – through interactive shows such as Bandersnatch and Du v. Vill, or games based on Stranger Things, The Papel House and To all the boys. So we’re excited to do more with interactive entertainment. “
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