Game Plan! Netflix Poaches Facebook Exec And Makes Big Moves As They Expand Into Gaming.

FILE - This Jan. 29, 2010, file photo shows the company logo and view of Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. Netflix has hired veteran video game executive Mike Verdu, signaling the video streaming service is poised to expand into another fertile field of entertainment. Verdu's addition as Netflix's vice president of game development, confirmed Thursday, July 15, 2021 comes as the company seeks to sustain the momentum it gathered last year when people turned to the video streaming service to get through lockdowns imposed during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Netflix is not a company that is known for doing things in a small way, case in point, their foray into video games that is taking place right now.  In a sign that they plan to be bold in this new space they have made two splashy hires for this expansion.  Mike Verdu is coming over from Facebook, where he was previously their VP who worked with developers with the intent of bringing games to their Oculus VR headsets. Before Facebook, Verdu held a major position at Electronic Arts.  Netflix is planning on having their games on the platform within the next year Bloomberg reported.  The games will be placed on the streaming app as new programming, and will be rolled out similar to how Netflix showcased documentaries and comedy specials. 

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