Netflix Games arrives for iOS, via Apple’s App Store.
It was only last week when Netflix Games arrived for the streaming giant’s Android users. The platform is now, officially, bringing its games for its iOS users, globally, as well.
According to a tweet from the Netflix Geeked official Twitter channel, states “Netflix Games is coming to iOS! Starting tomorrow, you can access Netflix Games through the Netflix app on any mobile device, anywhere in the world”. This has indeed caused some excitement and buzz on the social media platforms. Netflix will be giving its users access to a limited selection of games, ad-free and without any in app purchases.
A tweet from Mark Gurman, a reporter at Bloomberg has confirmed that indeed the five launch games from Netflix Games are already individually available for downloads from Apple’s App Store. These games include Stranger Things: 1984, Shooting Hoops, Stranger Things 3: The Game, Card Blast and Teeter (Up). In addition to that, the newly announced game, Hextech Mayhem: A League Of Legends Story that will be available to PC and Nintendo Switch users for $10, will be free to play for Netflix subscribers.
Apple’s App Store policies has been of particular concern especially regarding how Netflix Games would be rolling out for iOS devices. These policies have, on early occasions, gotten in the way of other services as well as for gaming platforms. Typically, the policy prevents any third party app from acting as a storefront for the apps that are available on the App Store.
Netflix Games To Be Made Available On iOS Via Apple's App Store
Earlier, cloud gaming platforms, such as Google Stadia, Microsoft xCloud, Facebook Gaming and Nvidia Geforce Now have been struggling to find a strong footing on iOS because of the demanding and restrictive App Store policies that Apple has in place. All of the platforms have made attempts to sidestep these restrictive policies. And have, as a result, launched as web application. However, this bypass does not really provide the users with the best possible gaming experience.
Mark Gurman notes for Bloomberg, that when a player launches one of the Netflix Games apps, individually, without a Netflix account, they are prompted to sign up for the same, using the in app system of Apple. When an individual does that, Apple will receive a thirty per cent cut from their payments to the app for their first year. Following that, it would be receiving fifteen per cent cut from each subsequent payments after that.
Netflix has adjusted its main streaming app to act as an all in one gaming hub for Android devices for its Netflix Games service. Users can select which of the games that they want to download from the Google Play Store. On the other hand, for the iOS devices, the games are available as individual titles.
Netflix, however, still does not send its new customers via the Apple payment system, in the main app. Nevertheless, this arrangement might just be enough to get the Netflix Games on iOS devices. It is still early days, and it remains to be seen how Netflix Games will be faring on iOS or even the Android devices. For now, all we can say is that “Let the games begin!“.