Netflix takes the next step in gaming by letting subscribers in Poland play on Android two Strange things games in the Netflix app, the company announced on Thursday.
“As of today, members in Poland can try Netflix mobile gaming on Android with two games: Stranger Things 1984 and Strange Things 3 — all as part of their membership,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement. “It’s very early days and we’ll be working hard to provide the best possible experience in the coming months with our no-ads, no-in-app purchases approach to gaming.”
You can see how it works in a tweet from the Polish team at Netflix. Available games are displayed in your home feed. Tapping on a game’s icon lets you learn more about the game and tap a button to download it, which will load the Google Play Store into the Netflix app. From there you can download the game and when it’s done you can play it from Netflix.
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Today, members in Poland can try mobile gaming with Netflix on Android with two games, Stranger Things: 1984 and Stranger Things 3. It’s still very, very early and we have a lot of work to do in the coming months, but this is the first step. https://t.co/yOl44PGY0r
— Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) August 26, 2021
The Netflix spokesperson clarified that games are not streamed to your device – they are downloaded. And while you download the games to your device, you can only play them in the Netflix app, the spokesperson said.
In July, Netflix put some major stakes in its gaming plans, hiring a former EA and Oculus exec to lead the company’s gaming work, and stating that its original strategy would be “primarily focused on games.” for mobile devices”. Games will also be included for free with users’ Netflix subscriptions – all of which is aimed at the company offering an Apple Arcade-esque suite of mobile games available to Netflix subscribers.
This isn’t the first time Netflix has experimented with games. The streaming service offers interactive titles such as Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Minecraft: Story Mode, and Carmen Sandiego: to steal or not to steal. And the company had several Strange things projects in the works with Telltale, the creators of the hit The living Dead games, before the studio collapsed.
It’s unclear when Netflix subscribers outside Poland or on different device platforms will be able to try the in-app mobile games.