American subscription-based streaming service Netflix is producing its first in-house video games studio, in a thrust to be slightly dependable on third-party creators and to enlarge its contribution in gaming.
According to a statement from Netflix released on Monday, the recently developed studio would be found in Helsinki and lead by Marko Lastikka. Previously, Lastikka spent more than five years at Zynga, where he worked on FarmVille 3, and aforetime that was the co-founder and executive producer at Electronic Arts’ Tracktwenty studio in Helsinki, on the report to his LinkedIn page.
As part of the announcement, Amir Rahimi, VP of Game Studios at Netflix, shared, “This is another step in our vision to build a world-class games studio that will bring a variety of delightful and deeply engaging original games – with no ads and no in-app purchases – to our hundreds of millions of members around the world.”
“Why Helsinki? It is home to some of the best game talent in the world. This will be a games studio that we build from scratch, and our second games studio in Helsinki alongside Next Games, which became part of Netflix earlier this year. Along with Night School Studio and Boss Fight Entertainment, these four studios, each with different strengths and focus areas, will develop games that will suit the diverse tastes of our members.”
Simultaneously, Rahimi mentions in the announcement, it can take years to create a video game, so it is not clear when we might initially view details on what this new internal Netflix games studio is working on. And for that reason when it might release in fact.
As its notable first-party title, in 2023 Night School Studio is set to release Oxenfree II: Lost Signals.
As mentioned above, Netflix is creating its own internal games studio in Helsinki, Finland. The studio director for it is Marko Lastikka. Some other video game companies owned by the streaming service include Next Games, Night School Studio, and Boss Fighter Entertainment.
Comprehensively, games are available on Netflix broadly on both Android and iOS devices with players being able to find the multiple games in their respective application display window to download inclusion to the app itself.