Streaming service Netflix has just confirmed that it will be adding video games to its arsenal in the near future.
In a recent second-quarter earnings report, the rumors were officially confirmed that the streaming service is going to jump into the gaming industry. It did, however, clarify that it would like to start first on mobile gaming and see how it goes from there.
We’re also 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. We’re excited as ever about our movies and TV series offering and we expect a long runway of increasing investment and growth across all of our existing content categories, but since we are nearly a decade into our push into original programming, we think the time is right to learn more about how our members value games.
No details yet on what type of games the streaming service is planning, but it did extend its TV deal with Shonda Rimes to include feature films and gaming content. Also, it did not specify how it will be offered to the subscribers.
Netflix could be called a game company in the future with this announcement.