While Apple still has no plans to rehabilitate Fortnite on its App Store, Epic Games’ successful battle royale will make an unexpected comeback thanks to Nvidia.
Months pass, and the war between Apple and Epic Games is still ongoing. While the trial hearings follow one another, giving reason to one and the other of the parties in turn, the Apple was finally forced to modify its general conditions of use concerning not only its heavy commission, applied to each in-app purchase, but also its lack of openness to third-party payment services. However, Fortnite has still not been able to return to the App Store, Apple still considering it as persona non grata on its platform.
Fortnite back on the iPhone
As expected, it is finally thanks to Nvidia that the battle royale will be able to make its return to the iPhone. GeForce NOW’s cloud gaming service has indeed partnered with Epic’s title, allowing the game to be launched directly from the web browser of iOS devices.
As a reminder, this announcement is the culmination of a long-standing project for Nvidia and Epic Games. In 2020, GeForce NOW formalized its integration on Safari, allowing all games in the cloud gaming catalog to be launched on iOS, without having to go through the App Store and its binding regulations. Already at the time, Nvidia had announced that it was developing a tactile version of Fortnite able to work on iPhone and iPad.
More than a year later, Fortnite mobile on iOS is now ready to launch. Yesterday, Nvidia confirmed that the game was operational, while teasing the imminent arrival of a closed beta already open for registration. To participate, all you need is an Nvidia account and an active subscription to the GeForce NOW service. Note that free subscriptions will also be able to benefit from this closed beta, but in a limited number of places. The launch is expected before the end of January.
A return that should delight iPhone owners. As a reminder, Fortnite at disappeared from the App Store since August 13, 2020. At the time, the publisher Epic Games had tried to circumvent the payment system imposed by Apple, which had not really been to the taste of Apple.