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Netflix Launches Cloud-Streamed Game Tests in the UK and Canada

Netflix has started testing its cloud-streamed games with select users in the United Kingdom and Canada. This marks the first step towards allowing subscribers to play Netflix’s game catalog through the official website, connected TVs, and devices.

“We’ve been focused on creating a great gaming experience for our members since 2021 when we added mobile games to Netflix,” said Netflix vice president of gaming Mike Verdu. “Our goal has always been to have a game for everyone, and we are working hard to meet members where they are with an accessible, smooth, and ubiquitous service. Today, we’re taking the first step in making games playable on every device where our members enjoy Netflix – TVs, computers, and mobile.”

During the initial test phase, two games from Netflix’s catalog will be available – Oxenfree, developed by Netflix-owned Night School Studios, and Molehaw’s Mining Adventure. Test participants who access the games through their TV will be able to use their phones as controllers using the Netflix Game Controller app. PC or Mac users can use a keyboard and mouse.

Expanding Reach and Ambitions

Rumors of Netflix Games expanding to other platforms have been circulating, especially with code discovered in the iOS Netflix app mentioning gaming on TV and using a phone as a controller.

Since its initial foray into gaming, Netflix has made significant strides in the industry, hiring key talent and acquiring studios. The company is even reportedly working on a AAA title at its LA studio. Expanding the gaming experience to larger screens can help Netflix increase its profile and reach a wider audience. The company’s move into mobile games was just the beginning of its endeavor to offer games wherever the Netflix app is available. listed Netflix as one of the top 50 mobile game makers of 2022. Stay tuned for our list of top game makers for 2023, which will be unveiled at our event at Gamescom on August 22.