Netflix expanding into video games

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Streaming powerhouse Netflix will be entering the video game business. Expect to see this in 2022 in the US as the company is already rolling this out in European markets.

Netflix has hired former Electronic Arts and Facebook executive, Mike Verdu, as vice president of game development, to lead this important strategic initiative. The company sees gaming as one of its biggest competitors, and this also offers an opportunity to differentiate itself from the likes of HBO Max.

At this time the company does not intend to charge an additional fee to access games.

  

Grand Theft Auto III turns 20

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Where has the time gone?

Grand Theft Auto III turns 20 and a whole generation of gamers start to feel their age. The Ringer has an excellent look back at this influential game from Rockstar Games, citing how it “set a new standard for open-world video games.”

  

How Online Gaming Has Kept People Connected In The COVID Pandemic

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Many of the friends and loved ones that were unable to leave their homes for fear of infection, or who had lost their friends and family in the pandemic, have found solace in online games. Their social circles are limited by physical proximity, but they can still be social beings as long as they stay logged into their favorite online game. You might think this is just a temporary comfort measure until people can get out into the world again, but you would be wrong. The people I talked to say that they don’t want to leave behind all those relationships they’ve forged with other players while playing these games; many of them find it more comforting than talking with other survivors who never played these games before.

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Esports betting sees a surge during pandemic

Traditional sports betting naturally halted during the Coronavirus pandemic, so companies like DraftKings have improvised with different games that could lead to betting. As a result, there’s been a surge in Esports betting and it will be interesting to see the extent to which this trend continues after traditional sports return.

  

5 Shooting Games Worth Trying

Shooting Games are some of the most popular games today, as most gamers find it deeply satisfying to hunt down their opponents and knock them out with one shot or more. The best gamers in this field must have mastered the skill and accuracy required to get one good shot to knock down online adversaries. Shooting games could serve as the perfect stress reliever and can be played by anyone, whether they are a beginner or not, as long as they understand how it works.

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