Fortnite is coming back to iOS platforms through Nvidia GeForce Now

A cloud version of Fortnite for iOS and Android platforms will go into closed beta soon.

Believe it or not, Fortnite is finally available on iOS devices. However, unlike before, Fortnite won't be returning to the App Store. Rather, Epic Games' hit battle royale will be playable via Nvidia's GeForce Now game-streaming service. In addition to iOS devices, GeForce Now will also have a separate Android version.

Just like that, Fortnite is back on iOS devices.

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Is Apple just going to let this GeForce Now loophole go?

Given how much money Epic stands to make from Fortnite's transactions on iOS devices, Apple will probably find a way to put a stop to this if they can.

One of the biggest takeaways from the recent Epic vs Apple ruling is that Apple is not letting Epic re-list Fortnite on the App Store anytime soon. However, because of a "technicality", Nvidia and Epic found a way to make Fortnite available on iOS devices a little over a year after it was first removed.

According to Nvidia and Epic's announcement last Thursday, the companies are teaming up for a touch-friendly cloud version of Fortnite. The blog post adds that a closed, limited-time beta is scheduled to start next week and GeForce Now subscribers can all register to join.

It will be interesting to see how Apple responds. Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store permanently back in 2020. At the time, Apple claimed that Epic Games had breached their agreement by letting players purchase V-Bucks without going through the App Store. This allowed Fortnite to bypass the App Store's 30% cut on all in-app purchases, which, as per Apple's explanations, is a clear violation of the terms and agreement.

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Even though Epic eventually "won" the lawsuit against Apple, the courts ruled in Apple's favor as far as their right not to re-list Fortnite on the App Store.

If it's any consolation, this isn't the first time a big company has circumvented Apple's restrictive App Store rules. For example, Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription bypasses Apple's prohibitive rules against cloud-based game streaming apps to iOS devices and has done so since last year. Instead of releasing an app on Apple's App Store, Microsoft instead lets Xbox Game Pass subscribers stream games on iOS devices using their browser. What Nvidia and Epic are doing right now is the same thing.

Of course, streaming Fortnite is far from a long-term solution, and much less preferable than having a native app available on the App Store. Despite improvements in streaming technology in recent years, one can't help but wonder just how much latency issues will factor in the overall gameplay experience of GeForce Now subscribers playing Fortnite on their iOS devices. Then again, this probably won't stop Fortnite players from trying and having fun anyway.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.