Netflix today announced the acquisition of Next Games, a Finnish mobile game developer that previously made an RPG based on Stranger Things. The deal will see Netflix hand over around €65 million (about $72 million), with all documents to be finalised by the summer. Next Games has plenty of experience in the TV market and previously created The Walking Dead: Our World, which was updated in sync with the (in)famous zombie show.
As Michael Verdu, vice president of games at Netflix, explained, Next Games will become a “core studio”, “expanding the capabilities of our in-house game studio”. This is very much in line with Netflix’s strategy to expand what it can offer users beyond prestige TV miniseries that regularly run 2–3 hours longer than they should.
In addition to titles from Stranger Things and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Netflix has also launched a Hearthstone-like card game called Arcanium: Rise of Akhan and Krispee Street. Not to mention its ‘interactive fiction’ projects like Bandersnatch and the recently released Cat Burglar.