Netflix Opening Its Own Video Game Studio in Finland

Dejan Cvetnarevic
Dejan Cvetnarevic

Updated · Sep 27, 2022

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The streaming giant is making its newest investment in video games by opening its first internal game development studio.

Building a World-Class Games Studio

This will be the fourth games studio owned by Netflix, and it will be based in Helsinki, Finland. The company explained that the city has some of the best game development talent in the world, which is why it decided to build a studio from the ground up there.

Netflix wants to bolster its efforts by delivering “engaging original games”.

Marko Lastikka, the vice president of Zynga, will operate as the studio’s director.

“This is another step in our vision to build a world-class games studio that will bring a variety of delightful and deeply engaging original games — with no ads and no in-app purchases — to our hundreds of millions of members around the world,” the company said in a press release.

Until now, Netflix had focused on buying already-existing studios and investing in game development. It bought Helsinki-based Next Games at the start of 2022. Previously, it acquired Night School Studio (Oxenfree) and Boss Fight Entertainment (Dungeon Boss).

The streaming giant entered the gaming world in 2021. It now offers a growing catalog of games subscribers can engage in at no extra cost on Android and iOS devices. Some of the most popular titles available include the animated platformer Poinpy and Before Your Eyes.

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Dejan Cvetnarevic

Dejan Cvetnarevic

Dejan is a techie at heart who always dreamed of turning his fascination with gaming into a career. He finds working for TechJury a perfect opportunity to express his views of all kinds of different software. Being an avid reader, particularly of fantasy and sci-fi, Dejan pursued a degree in English Language and Literature. When not at his computer, he’s watching sports or playing tabletop games.

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