According to a leak, the streaming giants Netflix would like to add a range of games to its catalogue of series and movies. Determined to diversify, Netflix would also hire a senior director specializing in the gaming industry.
The subscription-based video game service would be on the same lines as Apple Arcade, which gives its members unlimited access to its selection of games. With the worldwide gaming market now exceeding 300 billion dollars, according to a study in April by the consulting firm Accenture, Netflix’s move would open a new and highly lucrative stream of revenue for the streaming giants.
Netflix has never concealed its interest in video games and, more chiefly, in interactive entertainment. The Los Santos firm has also tried the mild exercise of interactive footage with Black Mirror BanderSnatch, a film where the watcher should decide instead of the lead character.
Similarly, Netflix has launched You vs Wild, a series of interactive adventures. At the same time, the world number one in VOD has released several modifications of its flagship series, including Casa De Papel and Stranger Things.
In an interview with AFP, a Netflix agent stated saying that, “We have continually expanded our offering — from series to documentaries, films, local language originals, and reality TV. Our subscribers can also benefit from a more direct association to the narratives they love, with the help of interactive shows like Bandersnatch and You vs Wild or games based on series like Stranger Things, La Casa de Papel, and To all the boys. We are thrilled to do more with interactive entertainment.”
Netflix is not an alien to video games. It has aired shows based on video gaming properties such as Castlevania and Dragon’s Dogma. It also has the forthcoming Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, and then there’s also the animated League of Legends series coming to the utility this fall. in addition to these, there’s also the 3D animated Sonic the Hedgehog show and Sonic Prime coming in 2022 and also the live-action Assassin’s Creed series is in works with Ubisoft.
If Netflix decides to enter the gaming scene, then they might also face difficulties similar to those encountered by Stadia. Amazon is learning its own gaming lesson now with Amazon Game Studios. Amazon has already cancelled one game and shelved another after placing it back in beta but is still hoping to find success with their New World MMO. Netflix will have to learn from its competitors and figure out why some of the world’s biggest tech companies are yet to find significant success in gaming thus far. Microsoft, on the other hand, with their large and dedicated gaming arm, continue to thrive in the same space.