Netflix on Tuesday unveiled five games that will be added to its platform. The new development is the result of many years of experimentation by the video streaming company to go beyond the offer of movies and TV series and to please both its investors and users with newer experiences. As a result of the update, Netflix subscribers around the world can now 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).
Netflix originally released mobile games on Android devices. You can select them through the exclusive game series or the game tab available on mobile devices, and then download the selected games via Google Play. Once downloaded, the games will be available for direct access through the Netflix app.
Although the initial experience is limited to Android, it also comes for iOS users, the company said on Twitter.
Netflix does not charge extra for offering mobile games on its platform. The company also does not run ads or has in-app purchases to offer games through its platform. All of this, however, could be an introductory move as Netflix may eventually be able to use gaming as a source of additional revenue.
To appeal to the masses, Netflix games are available in as many languages as the platform has for its regular promotions. This means that you can download games even in Indian languages such as Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi and Tamil, among others. However, if you have not selected a specific language of your choice, the games will be in English by default.
Some Netflix games can even be played offline.
It is also important to note that toys are not available in the children's profile. You will also be asked to enter the PIN you have set to prevent children from accessing your profile to play games on your device.
Netflix has been working with indie game studios, including BonusXP, for some time. In September, Los Gatos, California-based company also acquired video game developer Night School Studio and unveiled the top five mobile game titles in selected European markets to test the new move.
In addition to acquisitions and partnerships, Netflix hired Verdu as head of gaming in July. He has previously worked with developers on Facebook to develop augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality content (VR) and had worked for major gaming companies such as Electronic Arts, Zynga, Kabam, Atari and Legend Entertainment.
In July, Netflix officially announced its venture into the gaming world. The company told its investors that it sees games as another new category of content.
Netflix may be able to "stick users" to its platform by offering games alongside movies and TV series. However, we do not have to look at how the company will be able to use the update to expand its revenue and maintain its leading position in the video streaming market. It is also unclear whether the gaming experience is limited to mobile devices or whether it will reach televisions over time, as the latter could require Netflix to persuade users to acquire special gaming consoles to play games. .
Source of information: gadgets.ndtv.com