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Netflix will start offering video games in a bid to go beyond TV shows and movies. On Wednesday Netflix Inc announced the appointment of a former Facebook Inc executive, Mike Verdu to lead its expansion into video games.
Mike Verdu, who has been Facebook Vice President will join Netflix as vice president of game development and will report to Chief Operating Officer (COO) Greg Peters.
Prior to working with Facebook Mr. Verdu worked as senior vice president of mobile for Electronic Arts. Here he was responsible for mobile games like Plants v Zombies 2, The Sims Freeplay, and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.
Inside sources revealed Netflix intends to offer video games on its streaming platform within the next year. Netflix has no plan to charge extra for the new service.
Netflix has come with various plans such as kids programming, opening online shops to sell merchandise, and tapping on big movie names like Steven Spielberg in a bid to expand in the already saturated markets such as the US and remain ahead of its rivals such as Disney+ and AT&T’s HBO Max.
Currently, Netflix also has licensed the rights to develop games based on shows like “Stranger Things” and “La casa de Papel (Money Heist)”. This will allow players to steer the actions of the characters and self-run the plot.