We’ve already heard the rumors and now a Bloomberg report confirms that Netflix is working on its own game streaming service. But it won’t compete with YouTube and Twitch, no. Instead, it will go against Google’s Stadia and Xbox Cloud services which are real gaming services.
Just like the aforementioned services above, Netflix will allow you to play games on the cloud without having to own powerful hardware to do so. Again, given Netflix’s latest hire, EA’s Mike Verdu, the company could look to develop in-house games. And this would make sense to some extent as the report indicates that the service will be available to users who are already subscribed.
For those of you who don’t know, Mike Verdu worked on Sims, Plants vs. Plants. Zombies, various Zynga games, Farmville and even Star Wars. This could give us a good idea of the type of games Netflix will be aiming for.
Maybe a small price increase is to be expected, once the service launches, but that wouldn’t increase the revenue stream much, which means Netflix will likely focus more on in-house gaming. Third-party titles might be available, but we doubt that triple-A titles will also be offered at launch.
Finally, Netflix reportedly intends to launch the service outside of its Netflix app, as it will likely want to avoid Apple’s Arcade and Google Stadia.