Netflix’s Gaming Service Now Available in the US

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Netflix announced today that it has expanded its gaming service to over 190 countries, including the United States and Canada. However, the gaming feature still requires subscribers to own either an Android smartphone or tablet to play.

Netflix Games will start rolling out to the Netflix mobile app starting November 3. Users can also download Netflix games from the Google Play store starting today. Among the games included in the service is Stranger Things 3: The Game. Unfortunately, you will not be able to use a wireless controller or a mobile controller like the Razer Kishi, as the games on the Netflix Games app use touch controls only.

Netflix notes that its games app requires a subscription to its streaming service, and that there are no ads, additional fees, or microtransactions. While iOS support is not available yet, Netflix says it will roll out “in the coming months.”

A few Android devices where you can access and play Netflix games. | Image: Netflix

A few Android devices where you can access and play Netflix games. | Image: Netflix

The rollout to more countries supporting Netflix Games is no surprise as the company began testing the feature last August, with subscribers based in Poland having access to the service. In late September, Netflix Games expanded to subscribers living in Italy, Spain, and Poland.

Within the last several months, Netflix has been making a push to enter the gaming market. In July, ahead of its quarterly fiscal earnings, the streaming giant noted it would focus on mobile games first. In that same month, Netflix announced that it had hired veteran game executive Mike Verdu as its VP of game development.

Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.

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