Netflix Opens Games Studio in Helsinki

Posted on October 5, 2022

Netflix is very serious about video games. Netflix first started offering games for Android and iOS to users with a Netflix subscription last year.

Earlier this year Netflix acquired Next Games. Now Netflix is opening its own gaming studio.

Here's the announcement from Amir Rahimi, VP of Gaming Studios at Neflix:

Today, I’m excited to announce that we are establishing an internal games studio in Helsinki, Finland, with Marko Lastikka as the studio director. 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.

It's still early days, and we have much more work to do to deliver a great games experience on Netflix. Creating a game can take years, so I’m proud to see how we’re steadily building the foundation of our games studios in our first year, and look forward to sharing what we produce in the coming years.

A CNN report notes that Netflix could leverage some of its own popular shows - such as Stranger Things - to base video games on.

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