At this point, it’s pretty clear that Netflix is aiming to expand to offer video game content through its platform alongside TV shows and movies. However, we still don’t know how the streaming giant plans to make this happen.
A recent mine of data indicates that the streaming giant may have forged a partnership with PlayStation regarding its game streaming platform. As first reported by VGC, data miner Steve moser says it discovered PlayStation-branded images and content within the Netflix app code, including Tsushima ghost Box art and images of PlayStation 5 controllers.
Netflix’s games feature has a current working name of “Jaws” and is represented by this image in its iOS app: a shark fin. Could a picture of Sony’s PS5 and Ghost of Tsushima controllers (the director’s cut is coming August 20) indicate a partnership with $ SONY? DC @HedgeyeComm $ NFLX pic.twitter.com/FLghlRlu20
– Steve Moser (@SteveMoser) July 15, 2021
Moser goes on to say that Netflix’s gaming initiative is currently codenamed “Shark” and that since PlayStation’s IP has appeared within the streaming app’s code, the company could have plans to achieve its gaming ambitions through through collaboration. Earlier this year, Sony and Netflix forged a partnership that will bring Sony Pictures Entertainment content to Netflix first after its theatrical release. With this in mind, there is also the possibility that these images are related in some way to that agreement.
It’s also worth noting that Sony has been working on more film and television projects based on its key game franchises, including The last of us Y Tsushima ghost.
Bloomberg It recently reported that Netflix hired Mike Verdu, a former Electronic Arts and Facebook executive, to lead the streaming giant’s game streaming efforts.