Netflix may bring gaming to its streaming platform — subscription costs to increase?

Netflix is reportedly seeking to expand its services to include gaming, offering a list of playable games on its streaming platform alongside movies and TV shows. What’s more, the expansion is set to arrive in the next year.

According to sources speaking to Bloomberg, Netflix nabbed former EA and Facebook gaming executive Mike Verdu, who has a track record of working on Oculus and EA game development including Plants vs Zombies, to lead the project. Netflix apparently already started advertising jobs to build a gaming team.  

We first heard of Netflix looking to compete against Xbox Cloud Gaming and Google Stadia in the online gaming platform market earlier this year. Rumors indicate the new online gaming service would be a smaller version of Apple Arcade and feature a mix of licensed Netflix intellectual properties and some work commissioned from independent game studios.

Games will appear on the same platform as movie and TV show content; in the form of a new programming genre. With Netflix boasting some of the biggest gaming-based original TV shows, including The Witcher and most recently Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, there’s plenty of potential. 

Will Netflix increase subscription costs?

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