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Netflix confirms gaming venture with focus on mobile experiences
by Usama Jawad
We reported a few days ago that Netflix may be entering the video game space after signing on ex-EA and Facebook executive Mike Verdu as the VP of game development. Today, the company has confirmed those rumors and revealed some more details.
In a letter to its shareholders, Netflix revealed the nitty gritty details of its financial margins, quarterly revenues, and viewing figures for its popular TV shows and movies. If you are interested in those details, feel free to peruse the 12-page document here.
The particularly interesting bit tucked away in the letter is confirmation of Netflix' venture into the domain of game development. As excerpt from the document reads:
For those unaware, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a choose-your-own-adventure-style TV episode where your choices affect the outcome. Meanwhile, Stranger Things: The Game is a top-down RPG adventure available on mobile devices and stylized in a retro format reminiscent of handheld console games of yesteryear.
While that may clue us in to some of the formats that Netflix might be exploring, it is important to note that the company says that it will focus on "games for mobile devices" initially. Although some might find this bit of news disappointing, it's likely that these plans may evolve and expand depending upon the success of the initial venture.
It may also be heartening to see that the games will be tied to your Netflix subscription so you don't have to may extra for them. However, it remains to be seen how this content will be distributed since its previous Android game was a free offering that did not require a Netflix subscription.
The company hasn't stated when it will start releasing more mobile games, but the previous rumor had hinted at 2022. We'll likely find out more in the coming weeks.
By Usama Jawad96
Netflix will reportedly enter the gaming space next year
by Usama Jawad
A couple of months ago, rumors started floating around that Netflix is getting into the video games space. Although the company did not confirm the report, it did not deny it either like it did in 2018 when similar rumors emerged. Today, another report has claimed that the firm will be entering the gaming scene as early as next year and has also signed on a leadership role for the venture.
Bloomberg (paywall) says that Netflix has hired Mike Verdu as the "vice president of game development". The executive has previously worked at Electronic Arts and was also the managing director of augmented and virtual reality at Facebook. The title of the designation implies that Netflix will be developing its own games rather than just licensing titles from third-parties, although this has not been confirmed yet.
While the report claims that Netflix will enter this space in 2022, it does not indicate what kind of experience the firm is planning. The distribution format of video games is also unclear, but sources close to the matter have suggested that the company does not plan to charge more for this capability.
Although some may find it odd that the TV streaming giant is venturing into video games, it is important to note that the firm competes for leadership over media content being played on TVs, which doesn't necessarily have to be traditional movies and TV shows. Further evidence of this experiment can be seen in 2018's release of interactive thriller Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
That said, it is important to note that none of these plans have been officially confirmed by the firm, so they are susceptible to change, if they ever do come to fruition.
Source: Bloomberg (paywall) via Kotaku
By Steven P.
Nr1 streamed show for two weeks, but it seemed like some viewers found the slow burn storyline annoying, and as what happens too often in this generation that can only withstand 20 second tiktok-like content, another quality show is axed.
By Steven P.
I like this show and wondered if we'd even get a third season due to Ellen Page coming out as transgender and is now known as Elliot Page, however I really think the altering of history is a dangerous path to travel down. On the Wikipedia page:
Really, so Netflix casted a he in a she role? No, that's not what happened. I suppose it's okay to alter history when it is politically correct to do so even if the facts are untrue? Hmm.
Also as a fan of the show I had to look up if the character is still in the show or if they had written in a gender change, but apparently Elliot will continue to play a female in the show.
I can see studios now having to write in clauses for gender changes in the contract, and they'd be totally within their rights to do so!
What a world we live in.
Indians may lose access to Facebook, Twitter and others as the new guidelines go into effect
by Anmol Mehrotra
Indian users may lose access to the various social media and OTT (Over-the-top) platforms starting tomorrow as the new guidelines go into effect.
In case you don't know, earlier this year the Indian government announced the new Intermediary Guidelines to govern various digital platforms. As such, it gave companies a three month notice to comply or face consequences. The law requires social media platforms to appoint compliance officers from India. The officers will address user/government complaints, monitor and remove objectionable content. The rules will also apply to various OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+ Hotstar and others. The government noted that these companies don't have a code of self-regulation and as such, companies need to include representatives from the various ministries to create a committee. This committee will have sole power to moderate content and take actions on the complaints.
Soon after the new law was announced, social media giants requested an extension so they could reach out to their counterparts in the US. However, the government did not provide an additional buffer and has warned about stern action if the guidelines are not followed.
Furthermore, the new guidelines will also allow the government to revoke section 79 of the IT Act in case the rules are not followed. Section 79 protects social media companies and its employees from criminal action by the government or a third-party because of non-compliance.
According to a report from The Hindu, intermediaries have requested the government to provide a 'safe harbour' under the section 79 of the IT Act in the interest of ease of doing business.
Earlier today, a Facebook spokesperson told Gadgets 360 that the company plans to comply with the new guidelines.
Twitter and Google, on the other hand, declined to comment on the matter. According to the latest report, Koo, India's version of Twitter is the only company that has complied with the new guidelines.
Currently, it is not clear how the government plans to proceed once the deadline expires. According to the guidelines, any company found in violation of the law will lose its privileges under the IT Act, allowing the government to take criminal action against the company or its employees. Furthermore, the guidelines also allow the government to ban social media companies if they fail to follow the rules.
The Indian government has been at war with social media companies for a while now. Earlier this year, the government, on several occasions forced Twitter to take down certain tweets. Just yesterday, a team from Delhi Police's Special Cell carried out a search at Twitter India's office in New Delhi and Gurugram. While the police said it's a part of a routine process, the global Twitter HQ has been roped into the matter.