According to a report, Netflix is considering hiring “highly experienced game industry executives” as part of its expansion into worldwide gaming industry.
The decision comes at a time when the video gaming business is benefiting from an increase in demand from gamers who are staying at home because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Netflix is rumored to have sought seasoned gaming executives about the position.
While Netflix has previously produced interactive shows like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and You vs. Wild (hosted by Bear Grylls), and collaborated with external developers on projects like Stranger Things 3: The Game, this would represent more than just dipping a toe in the videogame water.
Netflix offers a number of titles based on popular video games that are now available or in development, including Castlevania, Resident Evil, and The Witcher (one of Netflix’s most popular episodes), indicating that the corporation recognizes the worth of video games as IP.
Meanwhile, Netflix hasn’t determined whether its gaming service would use streaming technology like Stadia, which is employed by select Microsoft and Sony services or create apps for download to devices.
Netflix is also apparently planning to add a higher-tier “N-Plus” membership to its video-streaming service, which will include podcasts, personalized TV programmed playlists, and behind-the-scenes content, among other things. According to reports, the corporation sent out a survey to a handful of its consumers, explaining why it was looking into this idea and measuring their interest.