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Netflix Games: Streaming Service Has No Plans To Get Into Gaming

Netflix has denied rumors it is building a game streaming service to align with its video content.

According to Tech Radar, Netflix struck a deal with Telltale Games to offer simple video games on the subscription service. But in an update to the story, the movie and TV-streaming juggernaut dismissed the notion and said it has no plans to get into gaming.

“We don’t have any plans to get into gaming,” Netflix told Tech Radar. “There’s a broad spectrum of entertainment available today. Games have become increasingly cinematic, but we view this as interactive narrative storytelling on our service.”

Netflix logos Netflix says it has no plans to offer game streaming. Mike Blake/Reuters

Telltale Games is best known for developing content in a similar style to television shows. “Episodes” are released regularly, such as for its Walking Dead game which has had three main “seasons." It has also developed games based on BatmanGame of Thrones and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Netflix did confirm its partnership with Minecraft would make its way to the service this fall.

“We can confirm Minecraft: Story Mode is a licenses five-episode interactive narrative series. It’s an extension of our other interactive stories we have on our service like Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout, Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile.”

Despite Netflix not pursuing a game streaming platform, some of its exclusive content is heading the other way. Telltale Games announced Wednesday that it was developing a video game based on hit TV thriller Stranger Things.

Season 3 of Stranger Things has not been given a release date, but star actor David Harbour (police chief Jim Hopper) told Variety that fans should not expect the show’s return until 2019.

Streaming games is not a new concept. In 2014, Sony launched PlayStation Now and for a subscription fee, gamers can go back through catalogues of old games and play them again. The service was originally available on the PlayStation consoles, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation TV, Sony Bravia televisions, Samsung televisions and Sony Blu-ray players.

In February 2017, its compatibility was scaled back to just the PlayStation 4 and PCs.

Xbox runs a similar service called Game Pass that gives access to more than 100 games for $9.99. It works slightly different, however, since subscribers have to download the games in full before playing them.

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