Netflix’s gaming service is now available in the United States

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 are starting to roll out to the Netflix mobile app from November 3rd. 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 only use touch controls when playing in the official Netflix app.

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

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

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

The rollout to more countries that support Netflix Games is no surprise when the company began testing the feature in August last year, where subscribers based in Poland have access to the service. In late September, Netflix Games expanded to subscribers living in Italy, Spain and Poland.

Netflix Spotlight: November 2021

Within the last many months, Netflix has made a push to enter the gaming market. In July, ahead of its quarterly tax earnings, the streaming giant noted it would first focus on mobile gaming. In the same month, Netflix announced that it had hired veteran game manager 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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