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Netflix announces new game studio plans in Helsinki

The streaming giant will have a total of four game studios, two of which will be located in Helsinki.

Games can be found on the Netflix app, but they need to be individually downloaded in order to be played. Image: Silja Viitala / Yle

Digital entertainment streaming giant Netflix is setting up a game production studio in Helsinki, the company has announced in a press statement released on Tuesday.

The firm named Marko Lastikka as the studio director, according to the statement by Netflix VP of Game Studios, Amir Rahimi.

"This is another step in our vision to build a world-class games studio that will bring a variety of delightful and deeply engaging original games — with no ads and no in-app purchases — to our hundreds of millions of members around the world," Rahimi said in the statement.

The firm said it chose Helsinki as the location for the new studio because it is "home to some of the best game talent in the world."

Last spring, the company announced plans to acquire Finnish gaming firm Next Games, which means that Netflix will have a total of four game studios, two of which will be located in Helsinki.

"It’s still early days, and we have much more work to do to deliver a great games experience on Netflix. Creating a game can take years, so I’m proud to see how we’re steadily building the foundation of our games studios in our first year, and look forward to sharing what we produce in the coming years," Rahimi said in the statement.

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