Netflix snags former EA, Oculus exec to lead its video game efforts – Richard Lawler

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A report this spring from The Information said that Netflix was seeking an executive to lead its push into gaming, with an eye toward offering an Apple Arcade or Xbox Game Pass-like subscription bundle. Now, as first reported by Bloomberg, the streaming company has hired Mike Verdu as its vice president of game development.

Verdu is a former exec who has experience with mobile gaming companies like Zynga, ran EA Mobile for a year, and most recently has been working at Facebook acquiring a series of Oculus game developers like BigBox VR, maker of Population: One.

On its last earnings call in April (PDF), Netflix COO Greg Peters said “…we’re in the business of creating these amazing deep universes and compelling characters and people…

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