Not only is Netflix a huge force in series, films, anime and plenty more they're also now getting into video games. Coming from a report on Bloomberg, it certainly looks like we're going to see one of the biggest streaming players enter the cloud gaming / game streaming market.
In the report it mentions that Netflix has now hired Mike Verdu, a former VP at Facebook Reality Labs who also worked with EA prior to that. Verdu will be vice president of game development at Netflix. Sounds like we will see games on Netflix within a year if it all goes well, with games being sat in their own category just like everything else on the service.
They're in a good position for it course, with well over 200 million subscribers that they can hook into. Can you imagine it? The next time you load Netflix after it all goes live, you're greeted with big splash adverts for streaming games? The possibilities of this are interesting. Netflix already works on Linux, although due to the version of Widevine used we do see lower quality of Linux so we're keen to see how this would be handled when done through a browser.
Does sound like a logical expansion for Netflix. Considering they already work with video games for some of their shows, they've teamed up with the likes of Valve and Riot to have shows made from their games and they also do a few different interactive series / movies like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Minecraft Story Mode and others.
What do you think to this news, would you use a gaming service from Netflix?