Netflix Bolsters Streaming Arsenal With Android Games In Battle Royale Versus Apple Arcade
Netflix will begin its mobile gaming journey on Google Play Store with five games suited for mobile-only play. Two of the games originated from the Netflix original series Stranger Things and developed by BonusXP. Those are Stranger Things: 1984 and Stranger Things 3: The Game. The next two games, developed by Frosty Pop, are Shooting Hoops and Teeter Up. The last of the five games is Card Blast, developed by Amuzo and Rogue Games. Netflix will go up against Google's own Google Play Pass that allows users to play certain mobile games for free with a monthly subscription.
Some of the other features Netflix is offering are games being made available in many different languages, the ability to play the games offered on multiple mobile devices on the same account, and an adults only feature that prohibits children using a kids profile access to any of the games. There will also be games available for play offline as well.
With an estimated global market for video games of nearly $178 billion last year, there is plenty of money to go around. But the competition for that money continues to grow. Amazon has put money into its new cloud gaming service Luna and its own gaming studio Amazon Games. Google has Stadia and Google Play Pass under its belt. And of course Apple has Apple Arcade. Not to mention Microsoft and all its gaming ventures.
Netflix has a tough road ahead, but has an already established streaming service to build off of with its foray into gaming. Its ambitions are high as it aims to not stop with just mobile games, but eventually have games on Xbox and PlayStation as well. If Netflix can stand its ground, the booming gaming market has plenty of room for it to do well.