Netflix has officially launched its mobile gaming app to subscribers. First reported on May this year, the streaming giant started testing its gaming category with a subset of European subscribers in September. The highly-awaited app is set to roll out today to all subscribers using Android devices. As for iOs users, they will have to wait a little while longer for this one.
In a press release, the company said, “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.”
The Netflix games will be offered absolutely for free to all their subscribers. This means there’s no need to pay for any in-app purchases and there will be no ads – quite a similar concept to the Apple Arcade which is offered at a standalone price of $4.99 a month.
Android users can simply head over to the Netflix app and click on a new dedicated games tab, where they can download new titles. Netflix confirmed that the games will be coming to iOS soon, but it is speculated that it could take a little while given Apple’s strict policy on making all games available to play on the App Store.
Netflix recruited Facebook’s Mike Verdu, a video game veteran, to lead its gaming team.
Netflix said that more games will arrive in the coming months, “Just like our series, films and specials, we want to design games for any level of play and every kind of player.”