On Wednesday, Netflix informed about launching games on its platform. The new addition arrives from a year-long experiment that Netflix is preparing to go beyond providing films and television series and satisfy both its investors and users with more unique experiences.
As a result, Netflix subscribers worldwide can now be capable of playing five mobile games — Stranger Things: 1984 (BonusXP), Stranger Things 3: The Game (BonusXP), Shooting Hoops (Frosty Pop), Card Blast (Amuzo & Rogue Games), and Teeter Up (Frosty Pop).
Initially, Netflix has released mobile games on Android devices. You can choose them through the dedicated games tab available on mobile devices or use the categories menu on tablets, and then download the chosen games via Google Play. Once downloaded, the games will be ready to play directly through the Netflix app.
Although the initial experience is confined to Android, it is also under process for iOS users, the company said on Twitter. Netflix is not imposing any additional fees for proposing mobile games on its platform. The company is also not accepting any advertisements or having in-app purchases to provide games through its platform. However, all this could be an opening move as Netflix may ultimately utilise gaming as a source of creating extra revenues.
Games on Netflix are available in several languages as the platform has for its natural contributions to draw the masses. You can play games even in Indian languages, including Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi, and Tamil. However, if you have not chosen any particular language of your choice, games will default to English.
Some of the Netflix games can also be played offline. It is also essential to note that games are not accessible on the Kids profile. You will also be made to enter the PIN you have set up to limit children from accessing your profile to play games on your device.
“Just like our series, films and specials, we want to design games for any level of play and every kind of player, whether you’re a beginner or a lifelong gamer,” said Mike Verdu, VP, Game Development at Netflix, in a blog post.
Netflix has been working with indie game studios, including BonusXP, for a while. In September, the Los Gatos, California-based company obtained video game creator Night School Studio. It rolled out the five initial mobile game titles in select European markets to test the new move.