It is well known that Apple kicked Fortnite from the App Store when the games’ creator, Epic Games, flouted App Store guidelines by offering in-game currency without making purchases through Apple’s payment system, for which it takes a 30% cut. It is part of the complicated legal drama surrounding the push by Epic Games (and others) to get Apple to open up the iPhone to other forms of app distribution and payments.
On Thursday, Microsoft announced that it make Fortnite available for free via its Xbox Cloud Gaming platform, which means gamers can once again enjoy the game on their iPhone or iPad (or other browser-enabled devices like Android phones). This comes with a caveat, of course. You’ll be streaming the Xbox version of the game over the cloud, which means there will be quality compromises and increased latency. You will also need a Microsoft account.
Fortnite has native touch controls with Xbox Cloud Gaming, but you can also play with a Xbox gamepad paired to your iPhone or iPad. In a statement to The Verge, Nvidia GeForce Now boss Phil Eisler said the company is working with Epic to fully launch fortnite with touch controls, streaming with GeForce performance, on GeForce Now.
If you have a Microsoft account, just go to xbox.com/play in your iPhone or iPad browser and sign in with it. Here you’ll find Fortnite and other Xbox Cloud Gaming games – while other titles require a Game Pass Ultimate subscription, Fortnite doesn’t.