Netflix plans to go beyond the sphere of movies and TV series, offering all users video games. To develop this area the company has already hired former head of Electronic Arts and Facebook vice president Mike Verdu. It is reported by Bloomberg.
According to the source, Netflix is going to launch video games on the streaming platform next year. They will appear in a separate section and will be available without additional fees – a standard subscription to the service will suffice.
Bloomberg says that Netflix has long been looking for ways to further develop, especially in large markets like the U.S. It considered the idea of developing children’s programs, opening an online store to sell products and engaging Steven Spielberg to add more prestigious films to its catalog.
Now the company is still well ahead of its competitors in streaming, but it had fewer new subscribers than expected in the last reported quarter. The move to games will be one of Netflix’s boldest moves yet. In the coming months, a team will be formed to work on this section. The company has already started posting job openings on its Web site.