Netflix officially confirms that it's expanding into games, specifically mobile

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What you need to know

  • As part of its Q2 shareholder letter, Netflix announced that it is expanding into gaming.
  • Netflix is focusing on mobile games for now, which will be available at no additional cost.
  • This push is still in the "early stages" for now

Netflix is a name synonymous with streaming entertainment with movies and TV. Now, the company is officially expanding into games. Netflix announced its intention to explore games, specifically mobile titles for now, in a Q2 results shareholder letter. Netflix notes that this new push won't come at extra cost to users and will be initially focused on mobile games.

"We view gaming as another new content category for us, similar to our expansion into original films, animation and unscripted TV. Games will be included in members' Netflix subscription at no additional cost similar to films and series. Initially, we'll be primarily focused on games for mobile devices," the statement reads.

Netflix also notes that this expansion is meant to supplement movies and TV but not replace the existing content strategy.

"We're excited as ever about our movies and TV series offering and we expect a long runway of increasing investment and growth across all of our existing content categories, but since we are nearly a decade into our push into original programming, we think the time is right to learn more about how our members value games."

Netflix in games is in the "early stages" for now, so it'll be a while before we know exactly what else this move will entail. While many mobile games are simple, designed as brief experiences lasting just a few minutes per session, more complex mobile games are growing. Mobile gaming continues to boom, with multiple traditional publishers exploring different avenues, such as Microsoft's Xbox Cloud Gaming, which streams a console experience to users' phones, computers or tablets.

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  • I care even less now.
  • Oh great, another expensively overpriced subscription.. Let me add: yes it's included for now but that's so they can see how well it does or doesn't do, and THEN they'll move to a separate service
  • They certainly have ramped up their prices over the years. 4K/UHD support was a big one. Of course, to be fair to Netflix, that does carry a significantly higher bandwidth cost. The relative incremental cost of a game download is negligible, so (at least on the cost side to them), the real question would be how much does it cost them to acquire or create the games in the first place.
  • Oh, or if they're streaming them like Xbox Cloud Gaming, rather than just providing them for download, that could also eat up a LOT of bandwidth. So that's another question -- will this be to download and play locally or streamed?
  • More likely an extra tier of service, like 4K streams.
  • Mobiles games for king of television-series-cinema, whithout supplementary cost, okay.
    Probably a part of the giant of entertainment in construction know by Microsoft with Google, Amazon, Tencent …