Plans to Offer Video Games via Netflix Canned
During an investor meeting yesterday, the CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings broke the news that the company’s plans to offer video games via their DVD distribution service have been canceled.
A while back, you may recall Mr. Hastings’ video announcement, declaring that Netflix would be splitting into two services, Netflix proper and Qwikster. Netflix would become a streaming-only service, while Qwikster would become the companies mail-based service, offering DVDs, Blu-rays and video games.
Now that plans for Qwikster have been axed, Netflix has remained the single hub for company’s streaming and mail service. Whether or not video games would be added to the company’s library had yet to be addressed, until now. And while there may not be any plans for video games right now, Hastings did confirm that the company is looking to bring 3D streaming into the mix at some point to complement their Blu-ray 3D movie library.
With options like GameFly and Redbox, this announcement is but a minor blow to the gaming community. While another option for renting content would be nice, the immediacy and convenience of Redbox means that the news isn’t too terrible.