Netflix’s decision to launch games as part of the subscription bundle is smart business: rewarding current subscribers, leveraging its IP, and signalling that subscription is the best long-term revenue model in the games space.
Expect technological innovation to be central to Netflix’s ambitions with games. Netflix will make it easier for different game experiences to occur, and ways to attract external developers will inevitably follow.
For Disney, Netflix just made the battle for customers more difficult and more expensive. Disney will need to make hard decisions about how to approach the games business—something it has shown before it finds difficult to do.