Netflix is making moves to be the next gaming giant.
According to an exclusive report from The Wall Street Journal, the streaming platform is currently exploring "higher-end games" that can be played via TV or PC, competing with companies such as Microsoft, which recently acquired Activision Blizzard for $69 billion.
Fans of Netflix's Squid Game, Stranger Things, Sherlock, Black Mirror, and Wednesday will soon be able to play spin-off games straight from their mobile devices.
What Do We Know About Netflix’s Venture Into Gaming?
Netflix first ventured into the gaming space in November 2021 with "Netflix Gaming," a tab located within the Netflix app where users could play minigames such as Stranger Things: 1984, Stranger Things 3: The Game, Teeter Up, Card Blast, and Shooting Hoop.
Talks of expanding its gaming footprint began earlier this year when Netflix conducted a beta test for its gaming technology and controllers.
In the beta test, select Canadian and UK-based users played games like the supernatural thriller Oxenfree and arcade game Molehew's Mining Adventure on various devices, including Amazon Fire TV streaming media player, LG TVs, and Nvidia Shield.
What sets Netflix apart from big names in gaming is its unique approach to controllers. "To play our games on TV, we're introducing a controller that we already have in our hands most of the day — our phones," Netflix VP of Games Mike Verdu shared.
However, Verdu also noted that Netflix "members on PCs and Macs can play on netflix.com with a keyboard and mouse."
Edited by Nikola Djuric