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Netflix buys its first game studio with purchase of Night School

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Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Co-Chief Executive Officer, attends an event at Raleigh Studios Hollywood in 2018.
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Netflix Inc., which has made video games a priority for expansion, acquired its first game developer with the purchase of Night School Studio.

The streaming giant announced the deal Tuesday on its website. Night School, which is based in Glendale, confirmed the purchase separately on its own site, saying it’s “a surreal honor to be the first games studio to join Netflix.” Terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed.

Founded by Sean Krankel and Adam Hines in 2014, Night School Studio is known for its debut title, the supernatural mystery adventure Oxenfree. Netflix plans to make games a part of its subscription, with no ads or in-app purchases.

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Netflix hopes the polls will foster a communal, shared viewing environment for its subscribers.

“We’ll continue working with developers around the world and hiring the best talent in the industry to deliver a great collection of exclusive games,” Mike Verdu, vice president of game development, said in the blog post.

The deal shows Netflix is advancing on its ambition to make video games an important extension of its online streaming business.

The timing of its debut in that business is still up in the air, Co-Chief Executive Officer Ted Sarandos said at a conference Monday.

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