Netflix had already announced its interest in expanding its area of activity, and in betting in the area of video games. A few months after revealing its intention, the streaming giant acquired its first studio: Night School Studio, the indie independent producer known mainly by Afterparty and OXENFREE.
In a statement from Netflix, Mike Verdu, vice president of game development, wrote that Night School's "commitment to proven artistic and historical excellence makes them invaluable partners at this important stage as we work on the creative development of this area and Netflix's game library." Mike added that Netflix plans to add "exclusive games aimed at the entire gamer and with varying levels of difficulty." According to Netflix, the games will be included in Netflix's bundle, and will not be advertised in any way.
For its part, Night School noted that Netflix offers film, TV and now game developers an unprecedented opportunity to create and deliver great entertainment to millions of people. With this acquisition, Night School intends to significantly improve its storytelling and design.
In a statement, Sean Krankel, co-founder of Night School Studio, said that the OXENFREE studio will not lose "personality", but in the future will have a much greater exposure for being in one of the largest entertainment platforms in the world.
The news of this acquisition comes to us less than a day after Netflix launched three new smartphone games in countries like Poland, Italy and Spain, a month after launching two games that were associated with the series "Stranger Things", as well as has already started tests where Netflix subscribers already have free access to games.
Recall that Netflix has been up against worthy competitors in the streaming arena, which includes Disney + and HBO Max, which have been gaining new subscribers quickly and consistently over the past few months.