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Netflix to dive into video games with ad-free mobile gaming at no extra cost


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Netflix confirmed Tuesday it'll expand into video games, starting with ad-free games for mobile devices like phones and tablets available on its existing service at no added cost to subscribers. In its biggest expansion into a new kind of entertainment since it started streaming in 2007 and released its first original show in 2012, Netflix sketched out broad ambitions for gaming, indicating it ultimately envisions pursuing console games for Xbox and PlayStation too. 

Netflix was clear about one thing its gaming won't be, at least not at first: a new way to charge you money. 

"We're a one-product company," co-CEO Reed Hastings said Tuesday during a discussion of the company's second-quarter earnings. That product, he noted, is an all-in-one subscription that will include games. 

The move into gaming widens Netflix from its bedrock business of TV shows and movies as the world's ...


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