Bloomberg Reports That Netflix has appointed VP Mike Verdu of Oculus Content as its Vice President of Game Development. Business magazine describes the hiring as Netflix’s “first big step” toward expanding into video games.
back in may, Netflix . said He is “excited to do more with interactive entertainment” after a rumor that he was planning to do exactly what we hear today: hiring game development executives and making video games. We said at the time what we’re saying now – it looks like Netflix is getting into game development – but the pace seems to be improving. A Bloomberg source says the hope is to show games on Netflix within a year.
What exactly that would look like isn’t clear, but one thing is clear: Everyone’s into gaming these days, right? Amazon and Google seem to have struggled with work (Amazon hasn’t released anything good yet, Google و Stadia studios closed before they made anything at all), but in its favour, Netflix has already released something you can call a successful video game. She produced Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, an interactive movie We absolutely loved it. You vs Wild may have been less successful, but James had fun He made Bear Grylls eat bear poop.
Videos with choices can’t be compared to new worldAmazon’s repeatedly delayed attempt at a MMO, but I’m wondering if Netflix will stop with the “Bear poo” button: maybe it’ll follow in the footsteps of other movie companies and get a big game studio before selling it to EA or Disney, who will later shut it down. This would be the traditional approach.
Seriously, Bloomberg notes that Netflix’s push into games isn’t just about interactive shows, though it may start out small and build up. The post also notes that Netflix is accepting requests for a file Interactive Product Innovation Manager. This job listing refers specifically to Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, and says the department is working on “game-like experiences, and different ways to interact with stories.” It doesn’t sound like a Sex/Life MOBA is what the streaming service is thinking right now; I was expecting Bandersnatch-alikes nowadays.
Even if Netflix starts out slow, I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes some big ups and downs in the coming years. There are a lot of streaming services with movies and TV shows, so the value of Netflix currently depends on getting and developing exclusive hits. Adding game streaming will differentiate it from HBO, Disney, Hulu, and others in a more substantial way. And if game streaming is the future, as Google, Microsoft, Nvidia, and everyone else thinks, why shouldn’t Netflix be the Netflix of gaming? That’s what I would think if I were the kind of person who trusted investors to make as much money as possible.
It may be noted that Netflix has shown a general interest in the gaming audience lately. Teamed up with CD Projekt to put the WitcherCon on that day – The Netflix The Witcher Series He benefited greatly from the popularity of games, and vice versa – he made a lot of shows based on games. Netflix’s Castlevania series is the best yet, and There is more to come. The The Dota series that Netflix helped produce was soBut there’s another season of that coming as well, and there’s a League of Legends series on the way and some Ubisoft offerings in development, including the Assassin’s Creed livestream and the Far Cry anime.
On the big hiring today: Verdu was finally VP of VR/AR content at Facebook, but making deals for Oculus games is a small part of his overall career. He co-founded the 90s adventure game studio Legend Entertainment, and continued to run it after it was acquired by Atari. He then moved on to oversee EA Los Angeles for nearly seven years, went to Zynga for a few years, founded a mobile developer, and then ran EA’s mobile games division for a year and a half. Verdu appears in the Unreal 2, Command & Conquer 3 and 4 credits, and The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth, to name a few. (A trivial side note: EA LA was one of the previous closed movie studios I’ve mentioned; it started as DreamWorks Interactive.)
Netflix hasn’t publicly announced the rental, but has confirmed it to Bloomberg and CNBC. We have contacted Verdu and Netflix for comment.
Netflix will release its financial results for the second quarter of 2021 next week, on Tuesday, July 20, and it may make some noise about its plans at that time.