Netflix is a huge name in the industry of video streaming services. One of its pioneers, and for a long time the undisputed king sitting in its throne, Netflix is now starting their first mobile gaming tests exclusively in Poland, innovating once again.
The company has long announced that they would expand their services to other areas, and it couldn’t be at a better time. Many other companies have recently started their own streaming services, such as Amazon Prime, Disney + and HBO Max, meaning that it wouldn’t be easy to keep their safe spot as the streaming leader.
Alongside their own exclusive contents, these contenders usually offer extra services alongside the streaming services (such as the Prime Gaming loot for Amazon). So what could be a better idea than turning to another big tendency of the century? Namely, gaming.
Through their official Geeked Twitter account, Netflix informed that the tests for games in their own mobile app are officially starting in Poland. The first featured games are Stranger Things 3 and Stranger Things: 1984, both developed by BonusXP Studios.
The games are included for free with the regular subscription, and we should expect the same for any other games Netflix decides to implement in the future. It’s also important to note that the games are currently available only for Android, but an iOS release should not take too long.
Netflix’s relation with gaming is not a big surprise to anyone. The company has recently adapted game franchises like Castlevania and The Witcher in both animation and live action formats, having a huge success with both of them.
They are also fond of interactive shows, having in their catalog some titles in which you decide how the story will play, just like a game. The most prominent example is the special Black Mirror episode, Bandersnatch, which tells the story of… a boy creating an interactive game. Yeah, that’s very meta.
We should expect these gaming tests to be soon available for Netflix users in the rest of the world. New games, probably based on other Netflix Originals, will surely be added soon. While this is only reserved for simpler games at the moment, it wouldn’t be impressive if, in a few years, we start to see Netflix also as a big game producer.