Netflix acquires first video game studio

Netflix has acquired its first video game studio as it continues to make advances into the space.

The company has picked up Night School Studio, an indie game development firm behind 2019’s Afterparty and the celebrated 2016 mystery title Oxenfree, which currently has a sequel in the works. The studio previously worked on a now-canceled game based on the Netflix original series Stranger Things.

In a statement, Night School Studio’s Sean Krankel said: “Night School wants to stretch our narrative and design aspirations across distinctive, original games with heart. Netflix gives film, TV, and now game makers an unprecedented canvas to create and deliver excellent entertainment to millions of people. Our explorations in narrative gameplay and Netflix’s track record of supporting diverse storytellers was such a natural pairing. It felt like both teams came to this conclusion instinctively.”

The acquisition comes two months after Netflix hired EA and Facebook alum Mike Verdu to spearhead its push into gaming.

Of this new deal, Verdu said: “We’re in the early stages of creating a great gaming experience for our members around the world. So we’re excited to announce today Night School Studio is joining Netflix. 

“We’ll continue working with developers around the world and hiring the best talent in the industry to deliver a great collection of exclusive games designed for every kind of gamer and any level of play. Like our shows and films, these games will all be included as part of your Netflix membership  — all with no ads and no in-app purchases. Stay tuned for more.”

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