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The Finnish Mobile Game Developer Next Games has sparked Netflix’s attention

The world-renowned streaming video-on-demand service Netflix announced that it wants to acquire Next Games, Finland based company. Netflix decided to buy the game company’s issued and outstanding shares by going up to 65 million euros. The Finnish company had reported sales of around 27.2 million euros in 2020, including 95% of revenue from in-game purchases.

Next Games, together with its licensing partners, creates compelling fans-first interactive mobile games by combining the stories of well-recognized movies, TV series, books, and comics, including Stranger Things and Walking Dead. Netflix has paid tribute to the Finnish game developer by pointing out its strong track record with mobile games based on entertainment franchises and solid operational capabilities.


Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) today announced that it has entered into a combination agreement to acquire Next Games (NXTGMS). Under the terms of the agreement, Netflix will commence a tender offer process to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Next Games. Pursuant to the offer, Next Games shareholders would receive EUR 2.10in cash per share of Next Games, for a total value of approximately EUR 65 million. The Board of Directors of Next Games has unanimously decided to recommend that the shareholders accept the tender offer.

Next Games, Netflix, Mike Verdu“Next Games has a seasoned management team, strong track record with mobile games based on entertainment franchises, and solid operational capabilities.” said Michael Verdu, Vice President of Games, Netflix.

“We are excited for Next Games to join Netflix as a core studio in a strategic region and key talent market, expanding our internal game studio capabilities.

While we’re just getting started in games, I am confident that together with Next Games we will be able to build a portfolio of world class games that will delight our members around the world.”

Founded in 2013 and led by Teemu Huuhtanen, Next Games creates and operates engaging mobile games with an authentic and social fan experience at the heart. The company’s strategy is to develop games on popular entertainment IP with fans across the globe, including Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales, a story-driven puzzle role playing game (RPG) inspired by one of Netflix’s most watched series.

The company had approximately 120 employees at the end of 2021 and reported sales of approximately EUR 27.2 million in 2020, with 95% of revenues generated from in-game purchases in 2020.

Next Games, Teemu Huuhtanen“We have had an unwavering focus to execute on our vision: to become the partner of choice for global entertainment businesses and craft authentic and long-lasting interactive entertainment based on the world’s most beloved franchises,” said Teemu Huuhtanen, Chief Executive Officer, Next Games.

“Joining forces with the world’s largest streaming service, Netflix, presents an opportunity for a logical and exciting continuation of our strategy to craft interactive experiences for the world to enjoy. Our close collaboration with Netflix on Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales has already proven that together we create a strong partnership. This is a unique opportunity to level-up the studio on all fronts and continue on our mission together.”

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions.

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with 208 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About Next Games

Next Games is the first publicly listed mobile game developer and publisher in Finland, specializing in games based on entertainment franchises, such as movies, TV series or books. The developers of the critically acclaimed The Walking Dead games redefine the way franchise entertainment transforms into highly engaging service-based mobile games. Next Games works on multiple new games based on beloved global IP’s. The company’s latest game, Stranger Things: Puzzle Tales, is based on Netflix’s hit 80s horror drama series.

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Nurcin Metingil
Nurcin Metingil
A permanent student, a passionate first reader and nowadays doing master’s degree in Publishing Management. Beside these, I am up for games! I have been playing games since I was 6. Now, I am whispering "Business. Business. Numbers. Is this working?"

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