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Netflix could still get into video games

Netflix could still get into video games

TV and movie streaming platform Netflix might still move into video games and user-generated content.

That's according to its CEO, Reed Hastings (pictured), who told Variety that it might enter this sector at some point in time. The exec had been asked about some of the content that isn't on Netflix yet, such as live news and sport programming.

"You know, it could [make sense]," Hastings said.

"I doubt news, but sports, video gaming, user-generated content — if you think of the other big categories, someday it could make sense. But right now, Ted’s [co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos] got every billion dollar earmarked for bigger movies, bigger series, animation of course… At least for the next couple of years, every content dollar is spoken for."

It's unclear whether Hastings is discussing making video games on Netflix or talking about TV shows and films, but given that the platform already has a slew of programming based around the medium, it's likely the former.

Last year, Hastings said that Netflix wasn't interested in making or streaming video games, but in the past, he has admitted that the service faces competition from the likes of Fortnite.

Netflix has already produced TV shows based on the Castlevania and Witcher IP, while a Dragon's Dogma anime is on the way. The company has also partnered with French publishing firm Ubisoft for a film based on its Division franchise, and there are pretty credible reports of a Resident Evil TV show being in the pipeline.

Oh, and a Witcher prequel TV show is set for Netflix, alongside an anime film based on the Polish fantasy sagaThe Witcher was on track to become the platform's biggest first series yet following its debut at the end of 2019.


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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