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Netflix video game development studio to open in Finland

Netflix Games joins Next Games in Helsinki.

Netflix has been slowly moving into the gaming space over the last year with a number of acquisitions including Oxenfree developer Night School Studio, Boss Fight Entertainment and Next Games.

On top of recent job ads for its foray into cloud gaming, Netflix announced yesterday that it will be opening it’s own internal development studio, Netflix Games in Helsinki.

The companies VP of Game Studios Amir Rahimi made the announcement in a blog post yesterday saying that Netflix chose Helsinki because “It is home to some of the best game talent in the world”.

Rahimi also revealed that the studio will be headed by Marko Lastikka, a former executive producer for EA and — until recently — the vice president and general manager of Zynga.

“This is another step in our vision to build a world-class games studio that will bring a variety of delightful and deeply engaging original games — with no ads and no in-app purchases — to our hundreds of millions of members around the world,” Rahimi said.

It may be a long while before we see any original showings from Netflix in the video games arena but the company seem committed to the medium.

“It’s still early days, and we have much more work to do to deliver a great games experience on Netflix,” Rahini said. “Creating a game can take years, so I’m proud to see how we’re steadily building the foundation of our games studios in our first year, and look forward to sharing what we produce in the coming years.”

The announcement came shortly after the delay of Night School Studio’s Oxenfree 2 Lost Signals whose predecessor recently received a Netflix Version.

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Ethan Dean

I've been an avid gamer since my dad shoved a controller in my hands and brutalised me in one-sided bouts of Tekken 2.

Since 2020, I've written about videogames in whatever capacity my journalism studies have allowed.

When I'm not plugged in to whatever open-world, action-adventure is the flavour of the month, I'm painting Warhammer miniatures and role-playing a bard in D&D.