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No camping for Netflix as it adds buff to its content for magic points

Will the streaming service’s foray into gaming see it pwning the platform, leaving its competitors ragequitting?

Lucas Shaw and Mark Gurman

Netflix, marking its first big move beyond TV shows and films, is planning an expansion into video games and has hired a former Electronic Arts and Facebook executive to lead the effort.

Mike Verdu will join the company as vice-president of game development, reporting to COO Greg Peters, the company said on Wednesday. Verdu was previously Facebook’s vice-president in charge of working with developers to bring games and other content to Oculus virtual-reality headsets.

The idea is to offer video games on Netflix’s streaming platform within the next year, according to a person familiar with the situation. The games will appear alongside current fare as a new programming genre, similar to what Netflix did with documentaries or stand-up specials. The company doesn’t plan to charge extra for the content, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the deliberations are private...

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