Netflix started its gaming adventure with two games for its Android app, albeit only in Poland. The video streaming service shared the development via a tweet and said it is at an early stage with games on its platform. Netflix has been showing interest in the gaming industry for some time, and last month, in its quarterly letter to shareholders, the OTT service announced that it is currently in the “early stages” of gaming expansion. Looks like the proof of concept is out.
In June 2019 at E3, Netflix had its first talk where it announced a free location-based RPG / puzzle called Stranger Things for Android and iOS. The company over the years has sought to expand into the gaming industry. Last month, she hired former Electronic Arts and Facebook executive Mike Verdu as her vice president of game development. And at the end of the same month, its quarterly letter to shareholders mentioned that gambling will be an essential part of its subscription offer. The first two games on its Android app in Poland are called Stranger Things 1984 and Stranger Things 3. The last one was already available outside of the Netflix app for PC and consoles.
Netflix Poland shared the development through a tweet where he emphasized that the company is at an early stage of establishing games on its platform and that there is a lot of work to be done in the coming months. In a follow-up tweet, he shared that there will be no ads in these games, as well as prohibited in-app purchases. The games will also be part of Netflix’s existing subscription plans and will not require additional purchases.
From the screenshot shared by Netflix Poland on Twitter, it looks like the Netflix app will show the option to install the game, which will take the user to the Google Play Store. The game can then be played via the Netflix app. It also suggests that games will be downloaded to the device and not streamed like your movies and shows.
There is currently no information on when Netflix games will reach other markets – including India – and what their library will look like then. More updates can be expected from the company as the service further expands its gaming industry.
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