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Netflix Acquires First Game Developer, Oxenfree’s Night School Studio

Netflix has acquired independent game developer Night School Studio.

Night School Studio was founded in 2014 by Sean Krankel and Adam Hines. The game studio, known for games such as Oxenfree, Afterparty and Next Stop, will be creating original games for the streaming platform’s foray into video games.

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“We’re inspired by their bold mission to set a new bar for storytelling in games,” said Mike Verdu, Netflix’s new VP game development. “Their commitment to artistic excellence and proven track record make them invaluable partners as we build out the creative capabilities and library of Netflix games together.”

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In a separate announcement, Krankel said that the studio would continue to make its own video games, like Oxenfree II for example, in addition to new games for Netflix.

“Netflix gives film, TV and now game makers an unprecedented canvas to create and deliver excellent entertainment to millions of people. Our explorations in narrative gameplay and Netflix’s track record of supporting diverse storytellers was such a natural pairing. It felt like both teams came to this conclusion instinctively,” said Krankel. “Not only do we get to keep doing what we do, how we like to do it, but we get a front-row seat on the biggest entertainment platform in the world.”

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In July, Netflix announced its move into video games with no additional fees. In August, the streamer released its gaming arm in Poland with two Stranger Things games. Currently, the games are only available for Android users in Poland. It is not clear when games will become available worldwide.


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