Netflix hires a new vice president of game development for its game division

    
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You know what this is.

In case you had forgotten, Netflix wants to get into the video game industry in some capacity, because being successful in one area of online commerce will naturally translate to other areas of online commerce. What’s that you’re saying about some river in South America? Hush up. Anyway, the latest part of that push is hiring a new VP of game development, Mike Verdu, making him the first person to hold this particular role.

The good news is that Mike Verdu definitely has experience in the field, having just previously served with Facebook as the overseer of Oculus Studios and previously working in the mobile division of Electronic Arts. The bad news is… probably that exact resume, depending on what you were hoping for out of Netflix getting into video games. Still, as the streaming giant has yet to announce any actual plans, it’s probably just a good sign that there’s a serious push here. Some great games might happen as a result!

Please stop muttering “Lumberyard” under your breath. Why are you doing that?

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Ernost
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Ernost

This is probably going to fail even more spectacularly than Amazon’s attempt.

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Crowe

Glad I don’t have Netflix stock. This is going to end up being a waste of resources.

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Sarah Cushaway

Yeah… no thanks.

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Paragon Lost

Another company that wants to get into the “I want to be your everything company” I’m not a fan of this style of business personally, in the long run it ends up being bad for the customer.

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Raap

So, some good news… Mike Verdu is a nice guy. Back when he worked at EA on the Command & Conquer franchise, he was very helpful getting a number of community projects given a green light. The two C&C games that shipped during his time at EA were also considered the two best ones from that era.

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Anstalt

Whilst I don’t really have much hope, I can’t deny that Netflix have done well by me when it comes to original content. So, maybe they have it in them to get into making games, as well as films and TV. Stranger things have happened!

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Sarah Cushaway

A lot of people watch it, sure.
But not much of it’s very good.
Also, they didn’t renew the Dark Crystal series, so Netflix is now banned at our house :p

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Fisty

My first thought was Gamefly.

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rk70534

To point out the obvious, I think we should expect games related to their shows and the long development times of MMOs fit this badly. You would have to be very optimistic that your planned new series for 2022 will still run and be a hit when the MMO based on it launches in 2029.

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Kanbe

I actually didn’t even think of the Amazon comparison when I saw this news. I kept thinking Google and their hot Stadia success.

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Greaterdivinity

The stock-related news on this (Netflix up, GameStop down) and the reaction from the meme-stock communities is priceless. Confusion and anger and frustration that Netflix goes up in value with a new hire and strategy announcement (that’d been long leaked) like this, while GameStop doesn’t similarly see big gains with new leadership brought in. Welcome to the irrationality of the stock market, and the fact that fundamentals exist and simply being apes (their term!) isn’t enough to convince everyone else that a stock is good. Even if you just like the stock, Senator.

Real though, I’m curious. Haven’t seen word on if it’ll be cloud streaming or traditional from what I’ve seen, though the assumption is cloud streaming. They’ve licensed some titles out before so there’s a bit of experience in the area, even if it hasn’t been sunshine and roses. They’re gonna need to hire a lot more folks though, and even then they’ve got a rough road ahead of them if they think that just throwing money at games will make them good (but it sure can help!)