Netflix deploys a dedicated mobile games tab in the Android app
Netflix, under the supervision of the vice-president of game development Mike Verdu, takes its first steps in mobile gaming.
As of today, subscribers will be able to access a total of five games in its Android app – two of which are based on the success of Netflix Strange things franchise, plus three original titles. They are: Stranger Things: 1984 (created by the game studio BonusXP), Stranger Things 3: The Game (BonusXP), Shooting hoops (courtesy Vancouver Design Studio Frosty pop), Explosion of cards (of Amuzo & Rogue games), and Toggle up (Ice pop).
Gamers only need a Netflix subscription to play, and games won’t boast ads or in-app purchases, says Netflix. For now, the games are only available on Android, where a new line and a new “Games” tab will allow players to download any of the above titles. ios availability would be on the way.
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Members can play games on multiple devices under the same account, and titles are available in several different languages, the company said. Games are not available on children’s profiles. Some titles will be playable offline, while others will require Wi-Fi.
Netflix hired Verdu to orchestrate its push into gaming last July. He reports to the COO Greg Peters.