- Netflix has announced that it will offer free mobile games to subscribers
- The games will be offered as a part of a streaming subscription and not as a standalone service
- The OTT platform is yet to share the timeline of releasing video games
Netflix is foraying into the game streaming service. In its quarterly earnings letter to shareholders, the OTT platform said that it is currently in the early stages of expanding into games.
Netflix’s plans to enter the gaming space comes at a time when the company also reported a slowdown in subscriber growth. The streaming platform had previously partnered with developers to create games including Stranger Things and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. Netflix’s competitors Amazon (Prime Video), Google (YouTube TV), and Apple already offer independent game streaming services Luna, Stadia, and Apple Arcade respectively.
Netflix to enter video game streaming service
In the earnings call letter, Netflix said that it will focus on ad-free video games for mobile phones and tablets. The service will be offered to all existing members at no additional cost. This means that it won’t require a separate subscription (like Luna and Stadia) and will be an all-in-one streaming service offering movies, TV shows, documentaries, and games.
“We view gaming as another new content category for us, similar to our expansion into original films, animation and unscripted TV,” Netflix said in a statement.
Netflix added that its games will be based on existing TV shows and movies. So we can expect game titles based on popular shows such as The Witcher, The Umbrella Academy, and more. At this point, it’s unclear how the games will be delivered to members i.e. whether they will require internet connection or can be downloaded for offline play. Netflix also hasn’t revealed any details about the compatibility of games apart from mobile devices and tablets. However, we can expect it to arrive on other Netflix-supported devices as well including TVs and PCs.