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Netflix reportedly aiming to offer 50 games to subscribers by the end of 2022

Bullet Club

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Netflix reportedly aiming to offer 50 games to subscribers by the end of 2022​




Following Netflix's initial dalliances with video games toward the end of last year, which saw the streaming service begin offering a small selection of casual mobile games to subscribers, the streaming service is reportedly looking to significantly ramp up its offerings before the end of 2022, expanding its gaming library to almost 50 titles.

When Netflix launched its fledging video game service last November, subscribers were given accees to a total of five games as part of their usual membership. That number has steadily grown since then, with Netflix currently offering 18 games to subscribers - but a new report by the Washington Post says the company is going big in 2022, aiming to offer nearly 30 more titles by the end of the year.

There's currently no indication of what these titles may be - other than that Netflix will reportedly be sticking with mobile games "for now" - but we do know the streaming service has been attempting to expand its video game development know-how since last year, in the form of three studio acquisitions. It now owns Texas-based mobile developer Boss Fight Entertainment, Next Games - which made Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales - and, as of last September, Oxenfree developer Night School Studio.

Although Netflix's focus will remain on mobile games for the time being, a source familiar with the company's plans told the Washington Post it's currently looking for "content opportunities around video games from every direction".

To date, Netflix has primarily focused on adapting existing games into TV shows - including the likes of The Witcher, Cuphead, League of Legends, and Castlevania - but it's also said to be planning to adapt its shows into games, and to put its name on more third-party titles, just as it did with last year's Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story.

Netflix's goal, according to the Washington Post's report, is to "build out a games business that can create synergy between what people watch and what they’re playing."

Its most recently announced experiment in the video game space will see the company adopting a two-pronged strategy to adapt popular card game Exploding Kittens into a game, set to launch on the streaming service next month, and an animated TV series due next year.

Netflix's continuing push to expand its services away from its core video streaming offering makes considerable sense given the company is currently battling falling subscriber numbers and revenue - which it's blamed on password sharing and increased streaming competition.

Source: Eurogamer
 

Tangerine

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which it's blamed on password sharing and increased streaming competition.

Not all the woke content dominating the streaming service lineup. Not controversies such as Cuties/big mouth and certainly not yet another price hike roughly a year after the last one.

As Elon said, they are infected with the woke mind virus. Go woke go broke.

I still pay for it but I'm considering stopping supporting them and Disney plus too actually. Putting the money towards other things. Supporting companies that are NOT helping accelerate the death spiral our planet seems to be in; culturally and morally.

I don't think I'll miss out on much. TV and games from Nonceflix.
 

supernova8

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Not all the woke content dominating the streaming service lineup. Not controversies such as Cuties/big mouth and certainly not yet another price hike roughly a year after the last one.

As Elon said, they are infected with the woke mind virus. Go woke go broke.

I still pay for it but I'm considering stopping supporting them and Disney plus too actually. Putting the money towards other things. Supporting companies that are NOT helping accelerate the death spiral our planet seems to be in; culturally and morally.

I don't think I'll miss out on much. TV and games from Nonceflix.

Given the price of Amazon Prime, I don't see how people can justify Netflix for that price and you only get video streaming. Amazon Prime is essentially the same price (varies by country) but you get free delivery, music, ebooks, AND prime video.

I suppose you could say the "free delivery" thing is more of a ploy to get you to buy stuff (that you probably might not have bought if delivery wasn't free) but still.
 

tassletine

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They'll be gone within a decade if not sooner. Their business model has led them down a rabbit hole where they squandered huge resources on algorithms to help them guide they're programming and it's coming home to roost.

The problem with algorithms is that not only is it based on repeating old patterns, but people tend to be impulsive.
What gets their interest initially doesn't sustain that interest for long periods. You can see this in how many series are produced for Netflix and then cancelled after S2.

This isn't down to the quality of the team but how the algorithm is telling the people at Netflix what people want to watch NOW, so unless there is a serious hardhead as a showrunner most producers capitulate and just follow the algorithm. This is the main reason you get series that just don't feel like the same show anymore as they progress.

This also has a pretty devastating long term effect of making the user wary of new shows simply because they know the pattern. Netflix shows often have a great idea and feel like they are building towards something without ever getting there -- That's the algorithm again. People like being treated like junkies. One great episode followed by 2 shit ones. It's addictive but not necessarily good.

As for videogames. Don't make me laugh. The algorithm tells them that it's popular but it's another quick fix, and they just don't have the commitment for something as long term as software support.
Netflix is just the equivalent of one of those guys you used to see selling pirated DVD's down the pub. He may have something good, maybe not, but you can't rely on him for shit -- And expect a lot more porn next.
 

billyxci

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i don't want fucking games on netflix for goodness sake. make better shows and support them for more than 3 seasons.

this is like me wanting books and signing up for spotify or wanting tv shows and signing up for audible. don't give me games when all i want are movies/tv shows.
 
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I smell complete desperation. Mobile games? Come on, do they think we are all degenerates?

How about just more quality content worth watching and less garbage that gets in the way?

Now that the competition has arrived I hardly ever touch Netflix anymore (I have Netflix, HBO Max, Apple TV+, Disney+, Star+, Paramount+, Prime, all pretty much given away either for free or with a heavily discounted price), if it was up to me I'd keep just keep Prime for the shipping and would cycle trough the others, choosing one each month bases on what I want to watch (the only reason I don't do that is because I share with the rest of my family).

Netflix in particular is getting too expensive for the content it offers, not worth it anymore.
 
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Iced Arcade

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Netflix is Inevitably going to price itself into a grave with needing to provide shareholders gains every quarter.

Have no doubt the beard of directors are like "yes gaming! Let's increase the already over priced subscription"
 
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STARSBarry

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I actually gave a few of their titles a go since I'm a Netflix Subscriber.

One that stood out to me was Wonderputt Forever, it's actually pretty intresting as far as simple mobile games go, a simple drag and release title in terms of controls like angry birds, but with intresting and animated environments.

I know alot of people are shitting on this for being mobile, but actually it's an opportunity for a couple of mobile games to escape what makes the market so bad. These are essentially premium phone games, there is no additional purchases or MTX that plague the market today. You have a Netflix sub, you get the games, that simple. Because of this the few titles that are there are made to be played like a game and not to push you into buying extra lives or energy for the day.

Give them a shot honestly there not bad, but I wouldent say there a reason to subscribe alone, just a neat little bonus.
 

Lunarorbit

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I accidentally went to the gaming section last night and it just looked like shovel ware mostly. I don't have any desire to play mobile games on my TV through my remote
 

Punished Miku

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My girlfriend and I played the trivia game on our TV for a whole night just the other day.

I welcome some casual party games to the service. Seems like a lot of these are on phones primarily though, which I'm less interested in.
 

AllBizness

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The problem is even thier good content has the production values of network television. You can't enter a creative space and expect to profit by being cheap on creativity.
 
If Netflix/Sony were smart, they would had made some kind of partnership or even something bigger that like a merge between them.
 
What about turn these 50 game sinto 2 good TV shows? It has been harder and harder to justify a subscription given the competition.
 
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Cuz games ≠ movies/TVShows and Netflix clearly wants to expand to the videogame market.
Don’t tell me, I though it was the same lol.

My point is, most of the people subscribing to Netflix do so for the TV shows/movies and not for gaming… And part of it already have way better game streaming services such as XCloud or PSNow.
 
Don’t tell me, I though it was the same lol.

My point is, most of the people subscribing to Netflix do so for the TV shows/movies and not for gaming
Well, if Netflix reached market saturation they need to find other ways of growth.

… And part of it already have way better game streaming services such as XCloud or PSNow.
That's why I said in my previous comment. Netflix/Sony could have made some kind of partnership or even a bigger deal.
 

Mr Hyde

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I'm seriously thinking about ending my Netflix subscription and just go for HBO Max. I do like their documentaries (just watched John Wayne Gacy and Jimmy Savile, both very good) and the occasional show, but is it enough to justify the price point? 90% of their output is garbage and it's just overwhelming to see all this crap. HBO seems to be a bit more quality before content and the price point is cheaper too (even though they'll like raise soon).

When I'm thinking about it, I'm not really into streaming. I like collecting movies and shows, have them physically. That is where the fun is for me. Not some endless scrolling to find yet another dog shit show that will be cancelled after two seasons. Why should I give a fuck if Netflix doesn't?
 

iorek21

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Ended my Netflix subscription years ago and haven’t felt its absence ever since.
Huge prices, only woke/teen content and low quality stuff… no thanks.
I prefer to subscribe to cheaper stuff like Prime and save some money.
 

Clover904

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I do not play mobile games at all, but Netflix’s Exploding Kittens is actually pretty fun. And I’m looking forward to playing Queen’s Gambit.
 

Tangerine

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I do not play mobile games at all, but Netflix’s Exploding Kittens is actually pretty fun. And I’m looking forward to playing Queen’s Gambit.
I have read the new game from Ojiro Fumoto, the maker of Downwell, is meant to be decent. It's called Poinpy. Shame it's trapped on mobile. I'd like it on my Switch.

 
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op22

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This is what decades of attacking EA, Ubisoft and other AAA has accomplished. Amazon vs Netflix pushing Gameboy quality titles is the future of gaming like Nintendo vs Sega and Sony vs Microsoft.
 
Waste of time
Maybe. If they keep tapping into narrative games and choose your own adventure titles, it might work out for them okay. Also, I don't mind mobile games being curated for quality. The play store on google is a mess. If Netflix and Apple Arcade can somehow just give you the biggest quality selection of mobile titles I'm fine with that.
 
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Crayon

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This is what decades of attacking EA, Ubisoft and other AAA has accomplished. Amazon vs Netflix pushing Gameboy quality titles is the future of gaming like Nintendo vs Sega and Sony vs Microsoft.

There's more than enough games for everyone. Trashy mobile games are already massively popular and things like this seem to be at least highlighting the good ones.

I want to ask tho, by "attacking aaa", you mean how everyone shits on it all the time? Or like mobile in competition with aaa?
 

jaysius

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I have read the new game from Ojiro Fumoto, the maker of Downwell, is meant to be decent. It's called Poinpy. Shame it's trapped on mobile. I'd like it on my Switch.

Thank you for letting me know about this.

Awesome fun game, well worth downloading, shame it's not really getting any press.
 

Jinzo Prime

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This is what decades of attacking EA, Ubisoft and other AAA has accomplished. Amazon vs Netflix pushing Gameboy quality titles is the future of gaming like Nintendo vs Sega and Sony vs Microsoft.
EA and Ubisoft earned every bit of criticism they got. So will Amazon and Netflix when they inevitably fuck up too. And the cycle goes on!
 

Murdoch

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I'm actually all for this. A curated list of mobile games that are part of an existing (ubiquitous) subscription, without all the gems, coins, gold etc.

From what I've seen so far these are pretty good games, versions to boot.
 

TheInfamousKira

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This is kind of the way I'd imagine I'd feel if Loreal opened a fast food chain or Lil Wayne started selling life insurance.

Bemused, but wholly confused, mentally rattled, and slightly grossed out.
 
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