We told you Netflix was serious about games. It just announced its third studio buy, Boss Fight Entertainment.
It’s the developer behind Dungeon Boss, a polished battle-RPG which came out way back in 2015. It has not been updated on Apple’s App Store for over a year. The studio also has a second title, Kingdom Boss, in soft launch right now.
Boss Fight CEO David Rippy, CCO Bill Jackson and COO Scott Winsett were namechecked as part of the announcement, with Netflix VP of game studios Amir Rahimi saying he has long admired their work. Rippy and Jackson are ex-Zynga, Bonfire Studios and Microsoft execs.
Boss Fight will continue to operate out of its three US offices, in Allen (Dallas), Austin and Seattle.
“This studio’s extensive experience building hit games across genres will help accelerate our ability to provide Netflix members with great games wherever they want to play them,” said Netflix exec Rahimi as part of the announcement.
The Boss Fight founders are quoted as saying: “Boss Fight’s mission is to bring simple, beautiful, and fun game experiences to our players wherever they want to play.”
“Netflix’s commitment to offer ad-free games as part of members’ subscriptions enables game developers like us to focus on creating delightful game play without worrying about monetization,” they continue. “We couldn’t be more excited to join Netflix at this early stage as we continue doing what we love to do while helping to shape the future of games on Netflix together.”
It’s the third studio acquisition from Netflix after its deal for Night School Studio, announced in September 2021, and its $72m swoop for Next Games earlier this month.
The streaming giant isn’t just hoovering up studios, it is acquiring talent as well – we revealed Netflix Games’ big-name hiring spree last week, if you want read more about the team behind this latest move.