Netflix has posted more than a dozen job listings on its website for the Netflix Games Studio office in Los Angeles, as spotted by Mobilegamer.biz. These listings give us a few hints about the company’s plans for the new studio. Specifically, Netflix is hiring a game director to work on “a brand new AAA game for PC.”
Last month at TechCrunch Disrupt, Netflix VP of Gaming Mike Verdu first announced that his company was opening a new studio in Southern California. Verdu also said that Chacko Sonny would head the studio. Sonny is the former executive producer on Overwatch.
Sonny left Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind Overwatch, while the company faced a California sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit, as well as an investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission. He was also responsible for the development of Overwatch 2.
And now it looks like Netflix is looking to assemble the core team for its original Netflix Games Studio project in Los Angeles. The game manager will be responsible for an AAA PC game. This would be the company’s first PC game, as Netflix currently only offers games for smartphones and tablets.
In the video game industry, AAA projects are large games with very large budgets and development teams. The game director will be responsible for developing the “world/characters/narrative worthy of a Netflix movie/TV series.” The job listing also mentions experience with the Unreal Engine as well as first and/or third person shooter games.
It looks like there aren’t that many people working for the studio, as Netflix is also looking for an art director and a technical director. There are also job listings for lead artists and chief engineers.
Netflix sees gaming as a long-term project. At TechCrunch Disrupt, Mike Verdu said that Netflix was still in the very early stages of its gaming initiative.
The company currently offers 40 different games. There are spin-off games based on popular Netflix shows like Stranger Things, classic mobile games like racers and racing games, card games and original titles.
Netflix acquired three existing game studios — Boss Fight Entertainment, Night School Studio (Oxenfree), and Finland’s Next Games. It has also launched a new studio in Helsinki, Finland headed by a former Zynga GM.
Right now, Netflix’s business model for games is pretty simple. If you are a Netflix subscriber, you can download and play all the games in the Netflix game library. If you cancel your Netflix subscription, you will no longer have access to these games.
There are no in-app purchases, season passes, or add-on subscriptions in these games. Of course, Netflix could change its gaming revenue strategy with its new AAA game. But it’s clear that Netflix is in investment mode for now.