LG Electronics said Monday that it is expanding the gaming capabilities in its 2021 and 2022 TVs, with support for additional cloud-gaming services Blacknut and Utomik Cloud, joining previously announced game-streaming services Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now.

At the same time, LG said it is adding an update to the user interface through a new “Gaming Shelf” section in the webOS user interface on 2021 and 2022 LCD and OLED models. The Gaming Shelf is said to speed up the process of getting into gaming action.

LG said the collection of cloud-gaming services will make it possible to access and play compelling video games without the need for a PC, console or game installation. The Blacknut and Utomik Cloud gaming apps will be available to install through the LG Apps Store on 2021 and 2022 webOS LG TVs starting in September and November, respectively.

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The services provide access to a wide selection of classic AAA game titles, indie favorites, story-driven adventures, sports, strategy and others, LG said.

Monthly subscribers to each of the service apps get the ability to select and instantly play any game in the various services’ ever-expanding catalogs.

LG’s Gaming Shelf is a new section in LG’s webOS user interface that is said to bring cloud gaming to the forefront of the content selection experience on 2021 and 2022 LG webOS smart TVs.

LG said that at launch, Gaming Shelf will highlight games from Nvidia’s GeForce Now with highlighted selections from from Google Stadia coming soon thereafter.

The Blacknut and Utomik service apps Blacknut will be available on LG TVs in North America later this year. It will bring access to more than 500 PC and console games.

LG said the Blacknut catalog offers the largest collection of racing and sports games in the cloud gaming space, along with popular hits such as Metro Exodus, Overcooked and a selection of Disney games.

Utomik Cloud aggregates a selection of more than 100 games from its 1,300+ PC games library covering diverse genres with indie favorites like, Coffee Talk, My Time at Portia and Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion among many highlights.

Utomik Cloud will launch starting in November in the US, UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

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By Greg Tarr

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