Regarding some rumors circulating, it seems that Netflix is contemplating the idea of expanding into video games besides just gaming shows. It appears that Netflix is making the rounds trying to convince gaming industry persons to work with them. From what was said, they are not entirely sure how they want their gaming department to work, though. It even remains a blank canvas as to what kind of video games they would develop or produce.
We are not sure what industry veterans Netflix has contacted, according to The Information’s anonymous sources. So far, the only sure thing is that Netflix is saying they would not put advertising in their games. Talks have circulated that Netflix may offer games as bundles, but that they may cost consumers extra.
Netflix is no stranger to the gaming world, but from a non-playable perspective only. Netflix produces animated shows of certain games like Resident Evil and Castlevania; also, they have been heavily working on The Witcher. This seems to indicate they know an audience exists and they might be testing the waters to see if people take them serious as gaming enthusiasts.
Netflix has not been mum about this, however. A relevant statement from Netflix says: “Our members value the variety and quality of our content. It’s why we’ve continually expanded our offering — from series to documentaries, film, local language originals and reality TV. Members also enjoy engaging more directly with stories they love — through interactive shows like Bandersnatch and You v. Wild, or games based on Stranger Things, La Casa de Papel and To All the Boys. So we’re excited to do more with interactive entertainment.”