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Netflix Gaming 2021: What, When & Why?

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It seems as though Netflix has taken flight into the gaming skies as of late, whereas its subscriber base, on the other hand, has plummeted into the pits, with only a fraction of users recently setting up shop on the streaming platform. And it’s because of this, as well as a few other reasons, that the entertainment giant has made the decision to move in on the gaming territory, with mobile games being the first port of call in the near future.

Of course, this isn’t technically a new thing, Netflix dabbling in our world, what with Minecraft: Story Mode already being one of the few debut titles to find ground on the platform a year or so back. And, let’s not forget the iconic Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, the Netflix special which brought an entire world to life through a single remote and a series of endings based on player choice.

It’s clear that video games could well and truly be a good thing for the brand, especially with the subscriber base dwindling into dire figures over the past several months. But being beneficial to the platform is just one thing. Providing genuinely satisfying and playable games, on the other hand, is a whole other obstacle, and one we’ll gladly watch Netflix try to overcome later this year.

This isn’t the first time Netflix has dabbled in gaming.

Netflix recently announced the news to shareholders…

“We view gaming as another new content category for us, similar to our expansion into original films, animation and unscripted TV”, Netflix shared. “We think the time is right to learn more about how our members value games.”

Although Netflix hasn’t confirmed a date for the video games to start rolling out, rumours suggest projects will be going into development before 2022. But you’ll have to take that one with a grain of salt, to be honest. Although one thing is certain, and that’s Netflix’s promise to roll out the gaming division as part of the standard subscription, meaning users won’t have to fork out any extra pennies for the privilege. So that’s something. 

What are you expecting from Netflix this year? Are there any shows you’d want to see go under Netflix’s newfound hammer? Let us know over on our socials here.

Jord is an aspiring journalist and self-published author, as well as a lover of all things gaming and media.