You can now play Fortnite for free on your iPhone again

Microsoft and Epic Games' latest partnership will make Fortnite free to play on all iOS devices, among others.

In case you're wondering, Fortnite is still banned from the Apple Store.

It's not an ideal way to play Fortnite, but Microsoft's alternative isn't half-bad.

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The fallout from last year's Epic Games v. Apple trial continues as iOS and iPadOS users still can't access Fortnite conventionally. However, there are loopholes, like the one introduced by Nvidia GeForce Now earlier this year.

Now, it appears that Microsoft is doing the same thing.

Microsoft's "mission to bring the joy and community of gaming to players wherever they are," starts with bringing Fortnite to all iOS and iPadOS devices as well as Android devices and Windows PCs with internet access and a browser. The best part here is that you don't even have to do anything but register for a Microsoft Account. This means that everyone can play Fortnite on pretty much anything without paying for an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, or any subscription at all.

Unfortunately, it's not all good news. The Xbox Cloud Gaming service is still in beta, so availability is limited to 26 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. You'll also need a relatively fast and stable internet connection to enjoy playing Fortnite.

All things considered, what Microsoft is selling is better than Nvidia. Whereas Nvidia limited free players to one hour of Fortnite playtime, Microsoft doesn't seem like it's restricting anyone at all. Of course, this is expected to change as Microsoft expands the Xbox Cloud Gaming service to more countries. Until then, we're hoping that your internet is fast enough if you belong to one of the 26 countries that can enjoy Xbox Cloud Gaming right now. If not, then tough luck.

Fortnite's arrival on Xbox Cloud Gaming could not have come at a better time.

If it's any consolation, Microsoft has been quick to roll out updates to Xbox Cloud Gaming. The service, which is formerly known as xCloud, came to iOS and PCs in June before it made its way to consoles in November. After Microsoft expanded Game Pass to more territories in April, we wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft expands Xbox Cloud Gaming to more countries before the year ends.

Until then, we're hoping that Microsoft puts its money where its mouth is and lives up to its promise of bringing gaming to everyone around the world.

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.
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