Netflix has officially launched a gaming service to all iPhones and iPads subscribers, a week after launching the same to all subscribers on Android. The service gives users access to a limited selection of mobile games without ads or in-app purchases. Stranger Things 1984, Stranger Things 3, Shooting Hoops, Card Blast, and Teeter (Up!) are some of the games which users could enjoy.
According to reports Netflix is looking for new entertainment avenues to explore and games are one of its first ventures. Though there is nothing groundbreaking in the initial set of available titles, it’s the first step and analysts expect Netflix to expand aggressively over time.
Recalled that Netflix launched its gaming service on Android last week, and now launched the same service on iOS as well. With this, every Netflix can now enjoy the following games on iPhone and iPad: Stranger Things 1984, Stranger Things 3, Shooting Hoops, Card Blast, and Teeter (Up).
Netflix games will utilize popular Netflix intellectual property and franchises (likes Stranger Things), as well as other standalone games.
Just like on Android, the initial Netflix Games are local binaries that are individually downloaded from the App Store to play. When users launch these apps, they will be prompted to sign in with their Netflix account. Games are included at no additional charge on an existing Standard Plan Netflix subscription.
Netflix games service is now available on Android and iOS.
There’s been some concern about Netflix Games’ roll out on iOS, particularly because of Apple’s App Store policies that have gotten in the way of other gaming platforms and services. The policy typically prevents third-party apps from acting as storefronts for apps.
However, the rules currently do not matter as Netflix is not yet providing game streaming. Each game is a standalone download running locally. Analysts expect that Netflix will expand into server-side game streaming down the road, at which time it will also likely face the same App Store approval issues.