Back in July of this year, it was confirmed that Netflix had its eye set on jumping into the video game market. The company was making some hiring moves to justify the additional attention, and then, sure enough, before the end of that same month it confirmed that it would be supporting mobile games as part of a Netflix user’s monthly subscription.
And then, in August, the company started a limited test of that new offering. At the time there were just a couple of different games on offer, both of which were inspired by the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. But, today, Netflix is broadening availability and game selection.
Announced today, Netflix Games is real, and it’s available for Netflix users with Android devices. The new service is available globally, and, indeed, will be primarily focusing on mobile games to start. So, those two aforementioned Stranger Things titles are still here (Stranger Things: 1984 and Stranger Things 3: The Game). In addition to those titles, there is also Shooting Hoops, Card Blast, and Teeter Up.
🎮📱 Let the Games Begin📱🎮
Tomorrow, Netflix Games will start rolling out on the Netflix mobile app. First on Android, with iOS on the way.
It’s early days, but we’re excited to start bringing you exclusive games, with no ads, no additional fees and no in-app purchases. pic.twitter.com/ofNGF4b8At
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) November 2, 2021
Netflix Games will be available directly from the Google Play Store, too, so downloading them, which is unlocked by an active Netflix subscription, will be relatively easy. Beginning November 3, though, games will be available in the Netflix app itself, too. On mobile, there will be a dedicated row to find those games to play.
Per the announcement:
- Members on an Android mobile phone will see a dedicated games row and games tab where you can select any game to download.
- Members on an Android tablet will see a dedicated games row or be able to select games from the categories drop down menu to download and play.
But, what about iOS you might ask? Well, support for Apple’s mobile operating system is not present at launch. And, unfortunately, we don’t know when support will arrive. However, Netflix did confirm that it is working on that support and that it should go live sometime “soon.”
So, Netflix Games exists. What do you think? A worthy addition to the Netflix content?