Netflix brings the first video games with Stranger Things and others coming to Android devices. Earlier in July, the streaming giant announced its plans to focus on mobile games with its video game initiative.
For a start Netflix will introduce five games which include Stranger Things: 1984, Stranger Things 3: The Game, Shooting Hoops, Card Blast, and Teeter Up. These will be made available on the Google Play store.
Users can access them from Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. on the Netflix mobile app for Android devices.
iPhone and iPad users don’t need to get disheartened as they will be available in the coming months, according to Netflix.
Mike Verdu, vice president of game development for Netflix, in a blog post on Tuesday, said, “Whether you’re craving a casual game you can start from scratch or an immersive experience that lets you dig deeper into your favorite stories, we want to begin to build a library of games that offers something for everyone. We’re in the early days of creating a great gaming experience, and we’re excited to take you on this journey with us.”
Prior to Netflix, Verdu worked at Oculus, Electronic Arts and Zynga, in July, after its decision to focus on games.
According to Verdu, Netflix users can play games on multiple mobile devices with the same account. While some games may require an internet connection others can still be played offline.
The games will not be available on kids’ profiles, though users can log in with a PIN to permit kids to play a game.
According to Verdu, it is still early for Netflix with video games. He further added, “We’re excited to continue improving our mobile gaming experience and adding to our entertainment offering in the months ahead.”
In the near future, we can see more game titles coming to Netflix. Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities said, “I can’t see it moving the needle (and) am not sure any of the games are highly sought after by consumers, and it’s not like we don’t have thousands of free games to choose from in the Android (Google Play) store.”