Over the past eight months, Netflix Games has hired 14 game industry veterans and it will continue to expand as new games roles are opening at the company's Los Gatos and Los Angeles offices.
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As a part of its strategy to add more mobile games to its entertainment subscription, Netflix keeps expanding its Netflix Games division. While tech giants like Apple, Google, Amazon, and Meta are entering the game space more carefully and quietly, Netflix Games is gradually being replenished by the industry veterans from top game companies.
Currently, Netflix's job listing accounts for nine positions across the company's Los Gatos and Los Angeles offices including job openings in QA, UX, internal and external development, operations, and partnerships. There are also five new roles at Night School Studio – the developer behind Oxenfree and Afterparty that Netflix acquired in September last year.
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Over the past eight months, the company already hired 14 big names starting with former EA, Kabam, and Facebook executive Mike Verdu who now serves as Netflix’s VP of Games. Last week, it was also announced that PlayStation veteran Roberto Barrera was appointed as the new head of Gaming Strategy, Planning & Analysis at Netflix.
Here's a list of other well-known names who have also recently joined the studio:
- Amir Rahimi (former Scopely president) – VP of Netflix’s game studios;
- Leanne Lombe (previously, a director at Riot Games) – Netflix’s head of external game development;
- Andrew Brownwell (former lead combat designer at Boundless Entertainment who previously also served as maps and models lead at Riot Games) – Netflix Games designer and creative director;
- Richard Sun (previously engineering manager at Facebook) – Netflix Games’ technical director;
- Christopher Lee (marketing director and then head of interactive games at Netflix) – head of game sourcing;
- Yoko Nakao (ex-FoxNext and Kabam executive) – head of operations;
- Rodrigo Aguilar (former Humble Bundle production director) – executive producer;
- Margaret McClure (head of games in Facebook/Meta's Horizon who previously also served at Riot Games) – executive producer;
- Ian McEwan (ex-Blizzard producer) – program management lead;
- Alex Lee (former PlayStation director) – head of development operations;
- Luke Micono (previously, App Store business manager) – games business development manager;
- Julian Chunovic (former Apple Arcade program manager) – a producer who joined the External Games Production team.