Netflix will soon be streaming games to your phone. When it happens, what games, more

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Netflix is ​​getting into video games.

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Veteran streaming service Netflix is expansion in video games and plans to offer ad-free games for mobile devices at no additional cost to subscribers from next year. Netflix’s plans to enter the gaming world won’t be the first, but it could shake up the industry for other competing services and subscriptions also.

The streaming market is completely saturated: these days you’d be hard pressed to find a channel that doesn’t offer a streaming option (hello, CNN More). And since multiple movies and shows overlap on different services, companies are always looking for ways to stand out.

A number of services have experimented with video game subscriptions. Last year, Amazon (creator of Main video) invested in Moon, a cloud-based games service and also operates its own games studio. Google (owner of Youtube) launched a game streaming service Stadiums in 2019. And Apple, which launched Apple TV Plus last year, also sought to expand its audience with the mobile game subscription service Apple Arcade in 2019. Even Zoom launches into the game with poker, Heads Up and Kahoot.

We’ll tell you what we know about the Netflix Project – still in its infancy – and keep you updated as we learn more. CNET has contacted Netflix for comment and we’ll update when we have a response.

What games will Netflix offer?

Netflix has yet to announce specific games, but the streaming giant has hired former Electronic Arts and Facebook executive Mike Verdu for the project. EA is a powerful game publisher with popular titles like The sims, Mass Effect, FIFA 21, Madden 21 and Medal of Honor. Facebook also hosted addicting titles like FarmCity and Candy Crush.

Netflix’s games business will begin with ad-free games for mobile devices such as phones and tablets, which will be available on the streaming service at no additional cost. The streaming service also said it would experiment with making games based on existing Netflix franchises, as well as completely original standalone games that could potentially spawn spinoff movies or shows, as noted. CNET reporter Joan Solsman.

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A Shadow and Bone game would be pretty cool.

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We could see Netflix start making deals with developers and publishers to bring popular mobile games to the platform ad-free, like what you might get with a subscription to Apple Arcade.

When can I play video games on Netflix?

Netflix has yet to give a specific date, but the service plans to start adding games to its platform in 2022, according to a Bloomberg report. In a discussion on July 20 on second quarter results of the company, Netflix said it was in the “early stages” of a “multi-year effort.”

It’s also likely that once the games start to be added, Netflix will monitor its audience’s reception of the games and adjust future content, as other services have done. For example, last year, Apple Arcade has canceled several games looking for titles that would better attract subscribers.

Will Netflix have console games?

At the July 20 meeting, Netflix executives said the service would initially focus on mobile games. But because so many devices support Netflix, it wouldn’t be impossible to expand to Xbox, Play station and computers. Verdu’s experience with games on different hardware and service platforms will also be beneficial for the future of the project.

Netflix already got into the game when it released the interactive ‘choose your own adventure’ style video Bandersnatch, based in the Black Mirror universe. The service also mentioned produce more interactive content like Bandersnatch back in 2019.

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