Fortnite now free on iPhone with Xbox Cloud Gaming

Fortnite is back on iPhone thanks to Microsoft. Xbox cloud gaming users can now play Fortnite for free on Android, iOS and Windows devices thanks to a partnership between Microsoft and Epic Games, the companies announced on Thursday.

The hit battle royale video game has been out of reach for iPhone users since Apple (and Google) removed it from their app stores in 2020 over a dispute over in-app payment policies.

On iOS, Fortnite was previously available through GeForce Now (albeit part of a closed beta). Android users can easily download the game from the Epic Games website.

The Microsoft partnership would allow users, including PC gamers, to stream Fortnite in internet browsers on their devices, just like Netflix, regardless of hardware specs.

The move will likely help Microsoft attract more casual gamers as the software giant redoubles its efforts to bolster its presence in the video game market and take on rival Sony. The company earlier this year announced a $68.7 billion (around Rs.5,26,873 billion) acquisition of Call of Duty maker Activision Blizzard.

Fortnite is the first free-to-play title to join the Xbox Cloud Gaming service. “Adding a free-to-play title to the cloud gaming catalog as we continue our cloud journey is an important step,” Microsoft said in a blog post.

Since launching in 2020, more than 10 million people around the world have streamed games through Xbox Cloud Gaming. The service is available in 26 markets including the US. Xbox Cloud Gaming is not available in India.

Microsoft, Epic Games and numerous other companies have all criticized Apple’s store practices, which require developers to pay commissions of up to 30 percent on store purchases.

The Fortnite creator was also embroiled in a lawsuit with Apple, but largely lost a lawsuit last year over whether Apple’s app payment rules were anti-competitive.

That decision revealed that Apple had good reason to force some app makers to use its payment system and earn commissions of 15 to 30 percent on their sales.

© Thomson Reuters 2022 Fortnite now free on iPhone with Xbox Cloud Gaming

Ryan Sederquist

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