Netflix‘s mobile download numbers have reportedly risen drastically thanks to the addition of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition to the service.
All three remasters were made available to Netflix members on December 14 via the App Store, Google Play, and in the Netflix mobile app.
Players are able to download and play the games as part of their Netflix subscription, with no extra charges.
As a result of this high-profile addition to its library, Netflix has seen a sharp increase in monthly game downloads, according to Appmagic data reported via Mobilegamer.biz.
According to the data, Netflix’s monthly game downloads were around 10 million in November 2023, but this shot up to around 28 million in December 2023.
Appmagic also claims that GTA San Andreas is by far the most popular of the three games, and has been downloaded 11.6 million times to date through Netflix.
GTA Vice City has been downloaded 4.1 million times, while GTA III sits at around 2.4 million, for a total of 18.1 million downloads across the entire trilogy.
Other popular downloads on Netflix have included Annapurna’s Storyteller (9.4 million downloads to date), Too Hot to Handle (8.4 million) and SpongeBob Squarepants: Get Cooking (8.3 million).
The Wall Street Journal reported back in October 2023 that Netflix was interested in adding a GTA title to its subscription service, a report that was ultimately proven accurate.
The report also suggested that the company plans to add mobile games based on its hit properties including Squid Game and Wednesday, and that it was also exploring games based on Extraction, Black Mirror and its Sherlock Holmes series.
Netflix began offering subscribers access to a library of mobile games through the Android and iOS versions of its app in late 2021. However, it’s also expanding into higher-end games that can be streamed from TVs or PCs.
It launched a cloud gaming service in limited beta form in August. It supports two games, the first-party title Oxenfree from Night School Studio, and Molehew’s gem-mining arcade game Mining Adventure.