May 26, 2022

Netflix has acquired Texas-based independent game developer Boss Fight Entertainment, the company announced in a blog post. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal, which marks the third acquisition by gaming company Netflix, is part of the streaming service’s ongoing exploration into games.

Boss Fight was founded in 2013 by former employees of Zynga Dallas and Ensemble Studios. Netflix says creating a studio experience across all genres will help bring more gaming to Netflix users. Boss Fight Team will continue to operate from their current studios in Dallas, Austin and Seattle.

“The mission of Boss Fight is to provide our players with a simple, beautiful and fun gaming experience wherever they want to play,” said David Rippy, Bill Jackson and Scott Vincent, founders of Boss Fight Entertainment. “Netflix’s commitment to offering ad-free games through membership subscriptions allows game developers like us to focus on creating a great gaming experience without worrying about monetization. We’re thrilled to be joining Netflix at this early stage as we continue to do what we love most, helping to shape the future of gaming on Netflix together. ,

Earlier this month, Netflix announced the acquisition of Finnish mobile game developer Next Games for a total of 65 million euros ($72 million). The free mobile games publisher has already developed games related to some of Netflix’s most popular titles, such as Stranger Things and The Walking Dead. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022.

Last September, Netflix acquired Night School Studios, an independent game developer best known for its story-driven games like Oxenfree. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Night School representatives said that the studio will continue to work on Oxenfree II and other Night School games.

The acquisition is part of Netflix’s broader strategy to create game content to complement its video catalog.

“We’re still in the early stages of building a great gaming experience with your Netflix subscription,” said Amir Rahimi, Vice President of Game Studios at Netflix. “Through partnerships with developers around the world, top talent recruitment, and acquisitions like this, we hope to create a world-class gaming studio capable of bringing many exciting and exciting original games to the world.” no in-app purchases – for our millions of users around the world. ,

Netflix has been growing its gaming service since late last year, when the company introduced its first lineup, which included several Stranger Things themed games and other casual games.

Netflix has released several other games since then, including Arcaneum: Rise of Akhan, Asphalt Extreme, Bowling Ballers, Card Blast, Domino’s Cafe, Dungeon Dwarves, HexTech Mayhem: A League”. stories of legends. ‘, ‘Niteness’, ‘Crispy Street’, ‘Shooting Hoops’, ‘Teeter (Up)’ and ‘Wonderput Forever’. Earlier this week, the company added two games to its lineup called Shatter Remastered and This Is a True Story. Netflix also teased its first upcoming first-person shooter called Into the Dead 2: Unleashed.

The company explained to investors during its fourth-quarter earnings report that these early game launches have more to do with the founding of Netflix to better understand what consumers want from the new service. Netflix has yet to reveal how well its games are performing, but only says it has a “growing number” of active users, both daily and monthly, on its games. Netflix has also indicated that it is open to licensing the IP addresses of major games that people will recognize in the future.

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