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By Usama Jawad96
Netflix' gaming service is now available in Poland for Android users
by Usama Jawad
We first heard about Netflix' potential foray into the gaming space back in May 2021. Rumors about this venture popped up again in July but hinted at plans for 2022. A week after that, Netflix itself confirmed the reports and announced that it is indeed entering the gaming space, but did not reveal more details apart from the fact that games included in its service will come at no additional cost. Now, the company has started testing its gaming service on Android in Poland.
As revealed by Netflix Poland's Twitter account, the firm has launched its gaming service in the country. Currently, it features only two games, namely Stranger Things: 1984 and Stranger Things 3: The Game. The titles make sense given that they belong to Netflix's well-established Stranger Things intellectual property (IP) and are already available on the Google Play Store.
This is where we get some more answers to how Netflix will distribute games. As can be seen in the screenshots above, the titles will be displayed inside the Netflix app, which will basically act as an installer. Once the game has been downloaded from the Play Store, you can launch it from directly within the Netflix app.
It is important to note that Stranger Things 3: The Game costs $9.99 on the Google Play Store. However, if you are a Netflix subscriber, you can download both games for free, which is a decent saving for those interested in mobile gaming. Netflix has confirmed that there will no ads or in-app purchases in any games on its service.
The company has further stated that this is just its first step in this venture. It's unclear when the service will roll out in more countries and platforms. It will also be interesting to see if the firm adds non-Netflix IP to its service down the line.
Netflix arrives on EE's Smart and Full Works plans
by Paul Hill
The UK mobile carrier, EE, has announced that customers on its Smart and Full Works plans can get Netflix inclusively as part of the package. With regards to the Full Works plan, this wasn’t available on Android prior to today, only on iPhones, but now all customers can choose it and receive three Smart benefits including Netflix, Apple Music, BT Sport Ultimate, and a Roam Abroad Pass.
Commenting on today’s news, Sharon Meadows, Director of Propositions at EE, said:
Customers who choose Netflix as their Smart benefit will receive the Netflix Basic plan which would normally cost £5.99 per month. EE said that customers won’t be restricted to watching content on their small screen but can also watch on a smart TV for a more immersive experience. If you’d prefer Netflix Standard or Netflix Premium, you can pay an additional £4 or £8 respectively to get these and their perks.
If you already have a Netflix account, choosing the Netflix smart benefit won’t cause any problems. Once the Smart benefit kicks in, your existing payments to Netflix will just stop and EE will pick up the cost. If you opt for the Standard or Premium tiers, the top-up fees will just be added to your EE bill.
If you’d like to subscribe to either the Smart or Full Works plans by heading over to EE.co.uk or head to the nearest EE shop.
By Usama Jawad96
Netflix confirms gaming venture with focus on mobile experiences
by Usama Jawad
We reported a few days ago that Netflix may be entering the video game space after signing on ex-EA and Facebook executive Mike Verdu as the VP of game development. Today, the company has confirmed those rumors and revealed some more details.
In a letter to its shareholders, Netflix revealed the nitty gritty details of its financial margins, quarterly revenues, and viewing figures for its popular TV shows and movies. If you are interested in those details, feel free to peruse the 12-page document here.
The particularly interesting bit tucked away in the letter is confirmation of Netflix' venture into the domain of game development. As excerpt from the document reads:
For those unaware, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is a choose-your-own-adventure-style TV episode where your choices affect the outcome. Meanwhile, Stranger Things: The Game is a top-down RPG adventure available on mobile devices and stylized in a retro format reminiscent of handheld console games of yesteryear.
While that may clue us in to some of the formats that Netflix might be exploring, it is important to note that the company says that it will focus on "games for mobile devices" initially. Although some might find this bit of news disappointing, it's likely that these plans may evolve and expand depending upon the success of the initial venture.
It may also be heartening to see that the games will be tied to your Netflix subscription so you don't have to may extra for them. However, it remains to be seen how this content will be distributed since its previous Android game was a free offering that did not require a Netflix subscription.
The company hasn't stated when it will start releasing more mobile games, but the previous rumor had hinted at 2022. We'll likely find out more in the coming weeks.
By Usama Jawad96
Netflix will reportedly enter the gaming space next year
by Usama Jawad
A couple of months ago, rumors started floating around that Netflix is getting into the video games space. Although the company did not confirm the report, it did not deny it either like it did in 2018 when similar rumors emerged. Today, another report has claimed that the firm will be entering the gaming scene as early as next year and has also signed on a leadership role for the venture.
Bloomberg (paywall) says that Netflix has hired Mike Verdu as the "vice president of game development". The executive has previously worked at Electronic Arts and was also the managing director of augmented and virtual reality at Facebook. The title of the designation implies that Netflix will be developing its own games rather than just licensing titles from third-parties, although this has not been confirmed yet.
While the report claims that Netflix will enter this space in 2022, it does not indicate what kind of experience the firm is planning. The distribution format of video games is also unclear, but sources close to the matter have suggested that the company does not plan to charge more for this capability.
Although some may find it odd that the TV streaming giant is venturing into video games, it is important to note that the firm competes for leadership over media content being played on TVs, which doesn't necessarily have to be traditional movies and TV shows. Further evidence of this experiment can be seen in 2018's release of interactive thriller Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.
That said, it is important to note that none of these plans have been officially confirmed by the firm, so they are susceptible to change, if they ever do come to fruition.
Source: Bloomberg (paywall) via Kotaku
By Steven P.
Nr1 streamed show for two weeks, but it seemed like some viewers found the slow burn storyline annoying, and as what happens too often in this generation that can only withstand 20 second tiktok-like content, another quality show is axed.