Fortnite is back on the iPhone – thanks to Microsoft. Xbox Cloud Gaming users will now be able to play Fortnite for free on Android, iOS and Windows devices thanks to the partnership between Microsoft and Epic Games, the companies announced on Thursday.

The hit video game Battle Royale has been out of reach of iPhone users since Apple (and Google) removed it from their app stores in 2020 over a fight for in-app payment guidelines.

In iOS Fortnite was previously available through GeForce Now (although part of a closed beta version). Android users can simply download the game from the Epic Games website.

The partnership with Microsoft will allow users, including computer gamers, to stream Fortnite to Internet browsers on their devices, just like Netflix, regardless of hardware specifications.

The move is likely to help Microsoft attract more casual gamers as the software giant redoubles its efforts to increase its presence in the video game market and face rival Sony. The company earlier this year revealed a $ 68.7 billion (approximately Rs. 5,26,873 kroner) takeover of Call of Duty maker Activision Blizzard.

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

Since launching in 2020, more than 10 million people worldwide have streamed games via Xbox Cloud Gaming. The service is available in 26 markets, including the United States. Xbox Cloud Gaming is not available in India.

Microsoft, as well as Epic Games and many other companies, have criticized Apple’s in-store practices, which require developers to pay up to 30 percent commission on in-store purchases.

The founder of Fortnite is also embroiled in a lawsuit with Apple, but largely lost a lawsuit last year over whether Apple’s application payment policies were anti-competitive.

The decision found that Apple had good reason to force some app makers to use its payment system and charge 15 to 30 percent of its sales.

© Thomson Reuters 2022


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