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Fortnite returns to iOS devices through Microsoft’s game streaming service

Fortnite has fought its way back onto iOS devices, but it doesn’t involve the App Store.

When Apple booted Epic Games’ popular Fortnite game from all Apple-owned platforms, not a few players felt the absence. However, with help from Microsoft, the game is back for iOS owners. The software giant has collaborated with Epic to offer Fortnite through the budding game streaming service, Xbox Cloud Gaming.

Interestingly, there is nothing Apple can do to stop it.

While the process to start playing is less elegant or simple than before, you can play Fortnite on your iPhone or iPad by going to in Safari browser. You don’t even need a paid subscription to start playing, but you will be required to sign in with your Microsoft account and link it to your Epic account.

However, this is not the only opportunity iOS players have to play the game. Earlier this year, Nvidia announced it would also offer Fortnite in its own game streaming service, although Microsoft’s implementation may be less cumbersome.

Epic drew the ire of Apple when it dared to use its own payment method in the popular game. This helped Epic avoid the famous App Store tax that it complained about was exorbitant. However, when it refused to comply with Apple’s Store policy, the company kicked Epic off all its platforms.

The contention spilled into the courts, with Epic suing Apple for violating antitrust laws. The result is not a clear win for either side as they are both appealing the judgment. Apple, in particular, wants the court to strike out the ruling that it should allow developers to point users to external payment methods from within their apps.

However, Epic has clearly started something as Apple has been targeted in several countries to allow third-party payment systems. The company is paying a weekly fine in the Netherlands for as long as it takes to propose an acceptable solution for dating apps to offer a third-party payment system for Dutch users. Apple has also agreed to let apps in South Korea use independent payment methods.

Microsoft and Apple have been perennial rivals, even if they have had to work together. The former has numerous apps on the latter’s operating systems, including its prized Office suite of apps. While Apple did not allow Microsoft to offer Xbox Cloud Gaming the way it wanted, Microsoft can claim to have pulled one back by helping restore Fortnite on Apple’s devices.

According to its press release, Microsoft promised to add more titles to the game streaming service, “It’s an important step to add a Free-to-Play title to the cloud gaming catalog as we continue our cloud journey. We’re starting with Fortnite and will look to bring more Free-to-Play games people love in the future. At Xbox we want to make gaming accessible to the 3 billion players around the world, and cloud has an important role in that mission. Quite simply we want you to have more choice in both the games you play and the way you choose to play them.”

Written by HackerVibes

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