Netflix Taking on Apple Arcade With Official Games Launch on Android

Netflix today announced the full official rollout of its Netflix Games feature, which will allow Netflix users to play a handful of games on their mobile devices.

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At the current time, Netflix is making games available for Android users, but support for iOS is "on the way." Netflix says that it's early days, but its goal is to build a library of games offering "something for everyone."

Games available today include "Stranger Things: 1984," "Stranger Things 3: The Game," "Shooting Hoops," "Card Blast," and "Teeter Up."


Accessing games on Netflix requires a Netflix subscription, and there are no ads, additional fees, or in-app purchases, which is how Apple's gaming service, Apple Arcade, operates. Android users will now see a dedicated games row and games tab in the Netflix app, and will be able to select games to download and play.

It's not clear how the iOS version of the app will work. Netflix can have a "catalog" app like its main Netflix app (or a separate Games app) that lists gaming titles, linking out to games that can be downloaded from the App Store. Alternatively, Netflix can use a web-based solution, but games would need to be streaming titles.

Netflix says that it will continue to improve the mobile gaming experience in the coming months, but there is no word yet on when Netflix's games will come to iOS devices.

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Top Rated Comments

DinkThifferent Avatar
33 months ago
I cannot wait to aimlessly scroll around Netflix Games and then decide to play nothing at all.
Score: 61 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mockletoy Avatar
33 months ago

Still think it’s a flop?

Apple's profits from gaming outweighed those of major game companies, according to a report, with Apple earning more from App Store games in its 2019 fiscal year than Nintendo, Microsoft, Activision Blizzard, and Sony combined.

https://appleinsider.com/articles/21/10/03/apple-earned-more-from-gaming-than-sony-nintendo-microsoft-activision-combined/amp/

https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/apple-doesnt-make-videogames-but-its-the-hottest-player-in-gaming-11633147211
You don’t think it’s a wee bit disingenuous to conflate “all the money Apple makes on games in the App Store” with “Apple Arcade”?

Because it really is.
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nvmls Avatar
33 months ago

Apple Arcade is way too good.
Good one.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kenny7 Avatar
33 months ago

Ha! Netflix won’t survive. Good luck. Apple Arcade is way too good.
Apple Arcade is pretty much a flop!
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Realityck Avatar
33 months ago

Still think it’s a flop?

Apple's profits from gaming outweighed those of major game companies, according to a report, with Apple earning more from App Store games in its 2019 fiscal year than Nintendo, Microsoft, Activision Blizzard, and Sony combined.
Apple's profit from the App store games represents a lot more than the revenues associated with Apple Arcade. ;)
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
The Cappy Avatar
33 months ago
And I just recently got a notice that my subscription fee is going up again. Apparently "It's included in the price" means everybody will be paying for it, whether they want it or not.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)