Netflix reportedly wants to let you play video games on its platform within a year, and hired a Facebook VR exec to spearhead the effort
Netflixhas hired Facebook Oculusexec Mike Verduto lead its new gamingdivision, Bloomberg said.
- Verdu was previously a senior vice president at Electronic Arts.
- A source told Bloomberg that Netflix wants to put games on its service in the next year.
Netflix has hired a top executive from Facebook's virtual reality division as it prepares to expand into streaming video games, Bloomberg reports.
Mike Verdu is a vice president at Facebook's Oculus augmented and virtual reality division, and was previously a senior vice president at Electronic Arts (
A source familiar with the matter told Bloomberg that Netflix was looking to bulk out its video game division, and that the company aimed to offer video games on its streaming service within the next year. The source said Netflix won't charge extra for streaming games on its platform.
It's not entirely clear whether Netflix will initially bring existing games onto its platform or try to develop its own - or a combination of the two. Bloomberg's source said the company has not yet settled on a development strategy.
Netflix did not immediately respond when asked for comment on Bloomberg's report.
The Information first reported in May that Netflix was thinking of breaking into the gaming industry. Although Netflix has already toyed with interactive stories such as "Bandersnatch," experts told Insider they were skeptical it could successfully move into the gaming space.
"Big tech sucks at games," Joost van Dreunen, author of "One Up: Creativity, Competition, and the Global Business of Video Games," said.
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