On Tuesday, the streaming giant announced plans to begin adding video games to its existing subscription plans at no extra cost. It didn’t release details except to note that it will initially focus on mobile games.
The confirmation of the long-anticipated gaming expansion came in conjunction with the release of the latest Netflix earnings report.
That financial breakdown showed the video service added 1.5 million subscribers during the April-June period. That’s slightly better than the modest increase that management forecast after the service stumbled to a sluggish start during the winter months, but still far below its growth rate in recent years.
The 5.5 million subscribers that Netflix gained through the first six months of this year marks its weakest first-half performance since 2013 — a time when the company was still rolling out more original programming instead of licensing old TV series and movies.
Now Netflix is taking another leap by offering video games. The Los Gatos, California, company telegraphed the move last week when it disclosed the…