- Netflix just unveiled its new gaming platform, currently available for Android-carrying subscribers.
- The company did not say when it would release a version for iPhone.
- So far, the app has five games, two of which are inspired by the company’s smash hit show Stranger Things.
Let the games (on Netflix) begin!
This week, streaming giant Netflix unveiled its latest venture: a new gaming platform exclusively for Android. All 200 million of Netflix’s subscribers can currently access just five games via the mobile app.
“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,” the Los Gatos, California-based company wrote Tuesday in a news release.
Here’s what you need to know about Netflix’s new gaming platform:
How to Get Started
Current subscribers can access the games via Netflix’s mobile app—you don’t have to pay an extra fee. For now, games are only available on Android platforms. There’s no word yet on when the platform will be available to iPhone users.
The games will be available on each user’s profile, with the exception of kids profiles. (Accounts that have set up a PIN to prevent wayward youths from accessing adult programming will require that same PIN to play games.)
⚠️ There is a device limit, so it may finally be time for you to boot your ex from your account.
➡️ Mobile: There will be a dedicated games row and tab. Simply click and download.
➡️ Tablet: Users can find the games either in their dedicated row or select them from the categories drop down menu. You know the drill: click and download.
It’s Game Time
So far, Netflix has released five available games to play, but the company says it’ll be expanding its catalogue in the near future.
Two of the games, “Stranger Things: 1984” and “Stranger Things 3: The Game,” are based on the company’s blockbuster original science fiction series. The other three games, “Shooting Hoops,” “Teeter Up” and “Card Blast” are unrelated to the Netflix’s content.
There’s no telling which shows could serve as inspiration for the next game. Perhaps a game based on South Korean mega-hit, Squid Game, which broke streaming records last month? A “Frogger”-like Floor is Lava game? Explore the sea-floor with our octopus friend? Who wouldn’t want to poke through Emily’s Parisian closet?
More on the Gaming Experience
To maximize the gaming experience, Netflix says there won’t be ads, fees, or in-app purchases. Thankfully, it doesn’t look like there will be a pop-up asking if you’re still playing either. And players will have access to some of the games offline, meaning wifi-less waits in long lines will be made a bit less miserable.
Best in the Game?
It’s no secret that Netflix has been looking for a way into the world of gaming.
At a July earnings call, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings revealed that the company intended to dabble in the gaming industry. And in September, the company acquired Night School Studio, the shop behind the games “NEXT STOP NOWHERE,” “AFTERPARTY,” and the critically acclaimed “OXENFREE.”
Only time will tell whether the monumental success of Netflix’s streaming platform is transferable to its gaming platform.
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