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Netflix Decides on Expanding and Creates New Gaming Studio

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Netflix has opened a new studio in Southern California as part of its ongoing expansion of its gaming section. According to Mike Verdu, the vice president of gaming at Netflix, the new studio will be managed by former Blizzard vice president and Overwatch chief Chako Sonny.

A Familiar Path

Netflix isn’t the first company to try to break into the market for streaming video games. This was attempted by Google Stadia, which will shut down in January 2023. The industry leader in internet streaming is seeking to expand its gaming offerings and may even want to launch a cloud gaming service.

Huge Plans

Netflix has been attempting to encourage users to play games on its platform for some time, but it appears that fewer than 1% of members actually do so. And with a huge change in progress with Netflix, it looks like this could help even things out for they year they’ve been having.

Currently, 35 games are available for download on Netflix, with 55 more coming soon, including games from Spongebob Squarepants and Stranger Things. While this could be a start, expect more to come out soon now that Netflix has been through some better days.

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Tons of Fans Express Interest in a Def Jam Revival

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A popular EA series that blended fighting and hip hop has been inactive for some time. Def Jam: Icon, the company’s last real fighting game, was released in 2007, but fans have been wishing for a revival ever since.

What They Can Do

In order to show EA how much support there is for a new installment on contemporary systems, these same devoted fans have now made the decision to take matters into their own hands and start a petition. It’s been going very well so far.

Growing Strength

Over 8500 people have signed the petition to see a new Def Jam game on the PS5 and Xbox Series X, which was started by YouTube creator RAH GAMING. Many have also left comments expressing how much they would value the series’ return.

Ice-T also joined the Def Jam comeback earlier this year when he requested a Fight for New York revival on Twitter, predicting that it “would be a huge hit all over again.” He played a role in the game too, so knowing that he’d likely be open to developing a new installment if the chance presented itself is pretty reassuring.

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Yet Another Mobile Game is in the Works for Bethesda

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Bethesda, the company behind Starfield and many iconic games, is now developing a new mobile game, however it’s not clear which of its well-known titles it will be based on.

A Huge Announcement

Todd Howard, executive producer at Bethesda and director of Starfield, disclosed that the company is creating another mobile game on the most recent episode of Lex Fridman’s podcast.

Something New

Howard was frank while discussing the conceptual differences between creating a game for a console and one for a mobile device: “Well we’ve done a few things, and we have a new mobile game that we’re working on that we haven’t announced yet that I am in love with.”

He made no other hints as to the game’s genre, release date, or other details, but he did suggest that it will be a longer experience rather than a game meant to be played in spurts.

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Wednesday Takes Over Record That Stranger Things 4 Used to Hold

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Wednesday on Netflix debuted with a bang. With 341.2 million hours seen after its Nov. 23 premiere, the fantasy series starring Jenna Ortega as Wednesday Addams is at the top of the Netflix Top 10 TV ranking for the week of Nov. 21 to 27.

Getting to the Top

In terms of the number of hours seen in a week for an English-language TV series on Netflix, “Wednesday” has broken the previous record. Season 4 of “Stranger Things” held the record with 335.01 million hours watched.

News by the Numbers

Data from Netflix indicates that more than 50 million households have watched the show since it debuted, making it the English-language TV series on Netflix with the most hours seen in a week.

The program has also surpassed Stranger Things’ previous record by being #1 in 83 nations. Other recent programs, like the Jeffrey Dahmer true crime series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story back in late September, have gone close to breaking Stranger Things’ record.

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