Netflix Is Rumored To Be Working On An Apple Arcade-Like Game Service
Netflix, the video streaming service, is said to be getting ready to enter the gaming market with a “smaller” version of Apple Arcade according to new reports.
While The Information first reported talk of a Netflix gaming service over the weekend, Axios is now out with a new report that adds a little more detail – including a quote that suggests something similar to Apple Arcade is the main focus within Netflix.
A source familiar with Netflix’s plans tells Axios to “think of it as a smaller Apple Arcade,” a reference to Apple’s offering of high-quality, ad-free mobile games offered to paying subscribers.
The same report suggests that Netflix is considering a mix of first-party games and those licensed from other companies, while the company will also have its work cut out trying to figure out how everything word actually function. Netflix apps on TVs wouldn’t have access to a game controller, for example.
When asked about the plans Netflix was predictably coy, saying that it valued its variety of content. Presumably games would play into that at some point in the future.
When asked about this by Axios, a Netflix rep said that users have valued the company’s variety of content and the service’s interactive shows and games, “[s]o we’re excited to do more with interactive entertainment.”
It isn’t clear whether a game service would be an additional charge or if it would be rolled into the existing Netflix subscription service. Assuming any of this comes to fruition, of course.