Netflix acquires Spry Fox, the indie developer of ‘cosy’ games like Cozy Grove and alphabet, Netflix announced on Monday. The acquisition will make Spry Fox Netflix’s sixth in-house gaming studio.
For Spry Fox, the acquisition means no changes for the time being. The studio’s current games will continue to be available for download “as is on their current platforms,” according to co-founder and CEO David Edery. in a post on Spry Fox’s blogand the studio is already making it Cozy Grove 2 and “a bigger, nonviolent MMO.” The acquisition “will allow us to stop stressing about how our games generate profits on our games and instead focus solely on making it as enjoyable and satisfying as possible for our players,” Edery said.
Netflix officially launched its mobile game offering nearly a year ago, allowing subscribers to play a collection of Android and iOS titles at no additional cost. As part of its earnings announcement this month, Netflix said the collection has 35 titles available to subscribers and 55 games still in development. Although data shows that most subscribers haven’t tried the games yetNetflix’s commitment to more games, its acquisitions of studios like Spry Fox, and its vocal interest in cloud gaming all suggest the company takes gaming seriously.