League of Legends Spinoff joins Netflix as a mobile exclusive
Netflix has announced the addition of two new games to its small but growing mobile game lineup, including its latest spinoff Riot League of Legends. Starting today, users can play Dungeon Dwarves and Hextech Mayhem for free on Android and iOS devices with a Netflix subscription.
Developed by Hyper Hippo, Dungeon Dwarves is an idle dungeon crawler that continues to play even when the app is not active. You control a squad of 5 dwarves who destroy walls and monsters to gradually reclaim their underground home. They continue to crawl the dungeon even when you’re not playing, rewarding you with loot and weapons each time you return.
Netflix`s foray into gaming started with its programming, creating interactive choose your own adventure shows for Black Mirror, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and more. The company then loudly signaled it wanted to add gaming to its streaming service by hiring Mike Verdu, a former EA, and Oculus executive, to be the VP of game development and acquiring Oxenfree developer Night School.
Initially, Netflix`s gaming offerings didn`t go beyond mobile fare that wouldn`t look out of place, choking the gaming section of any app store.
But the addition of Hextech Mayhem signals that Netflix wants to compete not only for casual mobile players but serious gamers as well. In the era of major consolidation in the gaming industry, as big corporations with bigger wallets snap up everything in sight, that Netflix is offering essentially a platform exclusive of a Riot published game is a big deal.