Netflix reportedly rolled out its mobile game service to subscribers on iOS.
NETFLIX GAMES — Netflix reportedly rolled out its mobile game service to subscribers on iOS a week after globally rolling out its service to subscribers on Android.
According to a report on The Verge, Netflix recently brought its mobile game service to all subscribers on Android, but it has officially come to subscribers on iOS.
The mobile game service gave subscribers access to a limited selection of mobile games without in-app purchases or ads.
Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman confirmed in a tweet that the five launch games were already available as individual downloads from Apple’s App Store. These include the following:
- Stranger Things: 1984
- Stranger Things 3: The Game
- Teeter (Up)
- Shooting Hoops
- Card Blast
The Verge also reported that the recently-announced game “Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story” will be free to Netflix subscribers.
There had been some concern about Netflix Games’ rollout on iOS, particularly because of Apple’s App Store policies that have gotten in the way of other gaming platforms and services. The said policy typically prevented third-party applications from acting as storefronts for apps.
Other cloud gaming platforms such as Nvidia Geforce Now, Microsoft xCloud, Google Stadia, and Facebook Gaming have struggled to find footing on iOS because of Apple’s demanding App Store restrictions.
All of those platforms have attempted to sidestep Apple’s policies by launching those platforms as web apps, but this obviously didn’t provide the best gaming experience to users. However, The Verge reported that there might be a precedent for Netflix’s good fortune.
Gurman noted on Bloomberg that players who individually launched the Netflix Games apps without an account were prompted to sign up for Netflix using Apple’s in-app system. If a user did that, Apple then received a 30% cut of their payments for the first year and then 15% of each payment after that.
Based on the report, Netflix still didn’t send new customers via Apple’s payment system in its main app, but this odd arrangement may have been enough to get Netflix’s mobile game service on iOS.