Netflix on Monday announced acquiring a game development studio in Seattle Clever fox, which will be the streaming giant’s sixth in-house video game studio. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The deal furthers Netflix’s expansion into video game development and publishing. Subscribers to the Netflix streaming service can play ad-free mobile games through the Netflix app, which are presented without additional ads or in-app purchases.
Spry Fox, founded in 2010 by David Edery and Daniel Cook, specializes in creating useful casual games. Its mission statement, according to the website, is: “We want to make the world a happier place, and we use games to do it.”
“Real talk: we’ve been doing this for almost 13 years,” Edery wrote on the Spry Fox blog. “It was exciting, humbling, endlessly interesting and often challenging.”
Edery continued: “What has become clear throughout our adventures is that we are a studio that creates world-class original cozy games. Especially games that bring people together. And we’re sure that Netflix will help us with that.”
“We look forward to creating games with a studio whose values—a relentless focus on employee and player joy—are close to our own,” wrote Amir Rahimi, Netflix’s vice president of games, on the Netflix blog.
The latest issue of Spry Fox A cozy grovea peaceful “life simulator” he published for PC through the Seattle Quantum Astrophysicist Guild in April 2021.
U cozy grove, players gradually restore color and life to the haunted island by finding and helping the local ghost population. It has to be played every day for a while as players collect new pets and outfits, play mini-games and solve unique ghost stories. big expansion New neighborswas released in April 2022.
Edery wrote in the announcement that the current project is Spry Fox, a non-violent MMO Cozy grove 2is still under development and was not affected by the acquisition. Other company gameswhich include Alphabear, Bushido Bear, Road Not Takenand TripleTownwill remain on their current platforms and storefronts.
GeekWire has reached out to Spry Fox for comment.
Other in-house game development studios at Netflix include Boss Fight Entertainment in Allen, Texas; Next games in Helsinki; an unnamed studio in southern California that opened earlier this month; and a the second new studio in Helsinkiwhich he announced in September.