Deciding to make video games a priority for expansion, Netflix Inc. acquired its first game developer with the purchase of Night School Studio.
The streaming giant announced the deal on its website Tuesday, and Night School confirmed the purchase separately on its own website, saying it was “a great honor to be the first games studio to join Netflix. “.
In 2014, Sean Krankel and Adam Hines founded Night School Studio, and Netflix plans to include the games in its subscription, with no ads or in-app purchases.
“We will continue to work with developers around the world and recruit the best talent in the industry to deliver an impressive selection of exclusive games,” said Mike Verdo, vice president of game development.
The deal shows Netflix is moving forward in its ambition to make video games a significant extension of the online streaming business.
The timing of the game’s debut in this industry remains uncertain, co-CEO Ted Sarandos told a conference on Monday.