The Morning After: Netflix is building its own game studio


Netflix is forming its own in-house game studio and wants to go beyond relying on third-party developers to bolster its game catalog. The studio, based in Helsinki, Finland, plans to create "world-class" original games without ads or in-app purchases.

Netflix's move into gaming has involved buying multiple developers, including the creators of Oxenfree, Night School Studio. In the last 12 months or so, the company has offered some well-regarded titles, including Into the Breach and Poinpy. But it hasn't built a developer from scratch. Until now.

However, when it comes to original games, Netflix says we won't see the first fruits of this internal studio for "years." Meanwhile, UsTwo's Desta, launching later today exclusively on Netflix, is the latest addition from the makers of Monument Valley.

- Mat Smith

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Aphex Twin's free 'sample mashing' app feeds on your music library

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Meta tests easier account switching between Facebook and Instagram

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