When Bloomberg indicated last week that Netflix intended to offer games in addition to series and movies, we considered smaller titles associated with the brands of the streaming platform. In this way, for example, the official game for the third series of the Stranger Things series was born and it was not a very elaborate affair. In a similar vein and in combination with interactive films, Netflix can go on and try to reach other customers even in already very saturated markets, such as the United States or the western part of Europe, but in reality something much bigger can be prepared. Dataminer and editor-in-chief of The Tape Drive magazine researched the Netflix application for iOS and found links to Sony and PlayStation.
Netflix’s gaming feature has a current working name of “Shark” and is represented by this image in their iOS app: a shark fin. Could an image of PS5 controllers and Sony’s Ghost of Tsushima (director’s cut coming Aug. 20th) indicate a partnership with $SONY? Cc @HedgeyeComm $NFLX pic.twitter.com/FLghlRlu20
— Steve Moser (@SteveMoser) July 15, 2021
“Netflix’s gaming service bears the working designation Shark and is represented by this image in the iOS app,” Steve Moser wrote on Twitter, adding a logo resembling the fin of a shark floating on the surface. “But Sony’s image of the PS5 and Ghost of Tsushima drivers may indicate a partnership with Sony,” Moser said, adding more. The first of them is Jin Sakaj, the main hero of the game from Sucker Punch, who will see an expanded Director’s Cut version in August. On the second is a pair of DualSense drivers without much detail, which really confused the discussants and the media. As stated in the Video Games Chronicle, for example, the partnership between Netflix and Sony was concluded in April, but concerned the Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Picutures Animation divisions, which guarantee Netflix the opportunity to express its interest in content for its platform first.
But there are still a lot of questions about these speculations, and it is certainly not easy to say that a library of games from PS Studios will automatically appear on Netflix.
However, there was no indication that Sony’s gaming division and its products were part of the agreement, but this could potentially be due to the fact that no gaming section on Netflix was talked about at the time. However, it is now officially confirmed that game veteran Mike Verdu, who has worked for companies such as Electronic Arts, Zynga and Facebook, has taken over the management position at Netflix and is now taking on the role of vice president of game development. However, there are still a lot of questions about these speculations, and it is certainly not easy to say that a library of games from PS Studios will automatically appear on Netflix or that the integration of PS Now would take place, although of course this reasoning is of course.
In conclusion, we just recapitulate that according to Bloomberg, there should be nothing extra to pay for game content, at least at the beginning, we should see the first titles next year and other “extra things” are planned, such as expanding the children’s section or online shop with promotional items directly in the Netflix application. Neither Sony nor the streaming platform representatives commented on the speculation.