Netflix is one of the largest media companies in the world as one of the leading platforms for streaming and producing films and TV shows. However, it appears the company is broadening its horizons as it is reportedly looking to hire an executive to oversee a video game division.
According to Nick Wingfield and Jessica Toonkel of The Information, Netflix has reached out to seasoned gaming executives in the past few weeks about the new position. It is not known exactly who these veterans are.
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The publication also reports that Netflix is trying to expand its gaming efforts. How the media company will achieve this is still unknown. According to one source, one option that was being discussed was similar to Apple’s Apple Arcade subscription service. This essentially means that multiple games will be made available to those who have subscribed to the service.
Netflix has been into interactive entertainment in the past. In relation to a traditional video game release, the media company used an outside developer, BonusXP, to do it Stranger Things 3: The Game. It was the official companion game for the third season of the hit sci-fi series.
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Netflix is also responsible for Black mirror: Bandersnatch. The film starring Fionn Whitehead and Will Poulter is set in England in the 1980s when a young programmer named Stefan Butler (Whitehead) developed a game where you could choose your own adventure. The movie itself is interactive and plays out like the game Butler is trying to create, letting you make choices that will affect the story. The film has five main endings. It was written by Black mirror Creator Charlie Brooker and directed by David Slade.