Last year, Netflix launched the Game delivery, which allows the streaming giant’s subscribers to download and play select Android and iOS games for free. 17 titles are available at the moment, but The Washington Post reports that the company is aiming to grow that list to nearly 50 games.
To be clear, we’re talking about games that run on your device, you just don’t have to buy them (like Apple Arcade) and there are no ads or in-app purchases. It’s not a game streaming service like GeForce Now or Google Stadia.
It looks like the company will benefit from vertical integration – it’s developing both a mobile game and a TV show based on the Explosive kittens board game. The mobile game will launch next month, the TV show is expected to air in 2023.
Netflix already has several game-based shows in its streaming catalog: the witcher, Esoteric (based on League of Legends), The Cuphead Show, DOTA: Dragon’s Blood, Castlevania. And it lent its brand to some third-party games, for example Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story.
On the other hand, its Netflix Games service offers access to Stranger Things: 1984 and Stranger Things 3: the game, which are based on the hit show. Searching for “Stranger Things” in the mobile app will reveal the games as well as the show. The company has already acquired three game studios, including Next Games, which was just released Stranger Things: Tales of Riddlesit therefore also has the means to produce games in-house.
You can check out Netflix’s list of 11 shows based on video games here. The list includes some of the greatest games of all time, such as Pokemon, Minecraft, Pac-Man and more. Netflix also offers interactive experiences like special episodes of black mirror and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidtas well as fully interactive shows like trivial questthat blur the lines between shows and games.