Yesterday marked another expansion for Netflix into the mobile gaming industry, as the company announced the launch of a new internal games studio in Helsinki.
Marko Lastikka, the co-founder and general manager of the Zygna Helsinki game development studio and former GM and executive producer at Electronic Arts, will be joining as the studio director.
The studio will be the fourth for Netflix, joining Next Games, Night School Studio and Boss Fight Entertainment, and the latest addition to its mobile gaming roster, which it started building in November 2021.
This game studio is also the first that Netflix will build from scratch, following its recent deals and acquisitions into the gaming world.
Earlier this year, Netflix acquired Next Games. The Helsinki-based studio is most known for its publisher, who is behind the Stranger Things and Walking Dead games. Netflix also acquired Boss Fight Entertainment, a games studio based in Texas.
Night School Studio, which was the first games studio to join Netflix, just released its first title for the giant streamer, ‘Oxenfree’, a popular supernatural mystery thriller game that is now available for iOS and Android.
Averaging 1.7 million daily users, Netlix games total catalog has seen 23.3 million downloads as of this August, and plans on adding more than 50 titles in the lineup by the end of the year.
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