Following rumors that Netlifx was working on a gaming service during the summer, the media conglomerate is now launching its first five mobile games. Netflix had to debut its gaming service without iOS compatibility, as predicted, due to Apple’s App Store constraints, but the firm claims it is “on the way.”
Mike Verdu, Netflix’s VP of Game Development, revealed the exciting news in a blog post today:
We love games, whether it’s physical games (Floor Is Lava), mind games (The Circle) or Squid Game . And we love entertaining our members. That’s why we’re excited to take our first step in launching Netflix games on mobile to the world. Starting today, members everywhere can play 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). Whether you’re craving a casual game you can start from scratch or an immersive experience that lets you dig deeper into your favorite stories, we want to begin to build a library of games that offers something for everyone. We’re in the early days of creating a great gaming experience, and we’re excited to take you on this journey with us.
Although Apple has prohibited gaming services from Microsoft, Facebook, and Google from accessing the App Store, Netflix’s gaming service will only be available on Android, according to the company’s press statement.
Our mobile games are currently available on Android devices when you log into your Netflix profile:
- 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.
Some of Netflix’s games are playable offline, but not all of them. Additionally, while utilizing a children’s profile, the games are now unavailable.
Netflix also claims to be working on a diverse range of content for its service:
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.
And we’re just getting started. We’re excited to continue improving our mobile gaming experience and adding to our entertainment offering in the months ahead.
Interestingly, there was no mention of iOS support in the official press announcement. The official Netflix Geeked Twitter account, on the other hand, claims it’s “on the way.” Time will tell whether or if this occurs, and if so, in what capacity.