Netflix buys another video game developer, Boss Fight Entertainment
Netflix is increasingly interested in video games, even acquiring well-known developer Night School Studio – the team responsible for indie darling Without beef — and Finland’s next games. The streaming giant has now bought another developer: Boss Fight Entertainment.
It’s unclear what Netflix paid for the Texas-based mobile game developer. But according to The Netflix siteVice President of Game Studios Amir Rahimi said the team was one he had “long admired”.
“This studio’s vast experience in creating hit games across all genres will help accelerate our ability to provide Netflix members with great games wherever they want to play them,” he said.
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Boss Fight, which was created in 2013 after the closure of Zynga Dallas, has already made two games: Dungeon Boss and myVEGAS Bingo, both released on mobile platforms. Mobile titles are what drew Netflix to the team as it said it was “expanding [its] catalog of games little by little” and build an “internal creative development team”. Netflix’s current game offering is bolstered by numerous mobile titles, such as Stranger Things: 1984 and the release recently Smash Remastered, all of which are included at no additional cost to Netflix subscribers. The location of the studio also played a role, as Rahimi said he wanted to find more talent outside of California.
Boss Fight CEO David Rippy, CCO Bill Jackson, and COO and Scott Winsett issued a joint statement on the acquisition, saying the two parties were a good match.
“Boss Fight’s mission is to bring simple, beautiful, and fun gaming experiences to our players wherever they want to play. Netflix’s commitment to ad-free gaming as part of member subscriptions allows game developers like us to focus on creating enjoyable games without worrying about monetization. We couldn’t be more excited to join Netflix at this early stage as we continue to do what we love to do while helping shape the future of games on Netflix together.
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Rahimi hinted that more moves like this are yet to come, stating that Netflix is still “in the early days of creating great gaming experiences.” Acquisitions in the video game space have been quite popular in recent months, given the recent waves of acquisitions seen at Sony and Microsoft.