Netflix's pivot to games continues, as the streaming giant is opening a
development studio in Helsinki. The company has previously acquired three
studios, including another in Helsinki, but this is the first one it has formed
from scratch. The
blog post by Amir Rahimi
, Netflix VP of Game Studios, indicates the
company's gaming ambitions remain in the mobile space for
Today, I’m excited to announce that we are establishing an internal
games studio in Helsinki, Finland, with Marko Lastikka as the studio director.
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
Why Helsinki? It is home to some of the best game talent in the world. This will
be a games studio that we build from scratch, and our second games studio in
Helsinki alongside Next Games, which became part of Netflix earlier this year.
Along with Night School Studio and Boss Fight Entertainment, these four studios,
each with different strengths and focus areas, will develop games that will suit
the diverse tastes of our members.
It’s still early days, and we have much more work to do to deliver a great games
experience on Netflix. 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.