The legal battle between Epic Games and Apple led to the departure of Fortnite from the App Store for about a year and a half. Since then, owners of an iPhone or iPad can not enjoy this game on their devices, but this is about to change. Fortnite returns to iOS, but thanks to NVIDIA GeForce Now.
GeForce Now will bring Fortnite back to iOS
Although the conflict between Apple and Epic Games continues, the second seems to have managed to bypass the ban on iOS. How? Through cloud gaming, and specifically using NVIDIA’s GeForce Now service.
That’s right, starting next week NVIDIA will launch a closed beta of GeForce Now that will allow play Fortnite and other titles via Safari. Both NVIDIA and Epic Games had announced this news a couple of months ago, but it is not until now that it becomes a fact.
What was the reason for the delay? We don’t know exactly, but it probably has to do with adapting Fortnite and the other games to the touch controls of the platform and to Safari itself. In addition, it is worth mentioning that the landing of Fortnite in GeForce Now will not only be for iOS but also for android, but the first stands out for all the existing problem.
What other games will be coming to NVIDIA’s cloud gaming service with this beta? These:
- The Anacrusis.
- Supraland Six Inches Under.
- Galactic Civilizations 3.
- Ready or Not.
Why Fortnite can be played on iOS from GeForce Now without problems
Reading the news, you may be wondering if this move by Epic Games will not create new friction with Apple. It’s normal, because the tension between both companies is still latent. However, the fight between these companies occurs for two reasons:
- The high commissions that Apple charges for allowing an app to be in its official store (even for in-app purchases)
- iOS restrictions to install applications from external sources (something that is not a problem in Android), since everything is limited to the offer of the App Store.
With that in mind, Fortnite won’t be coming back to iOS easily through the app store, so Epic decided to take advantage of a loophole: GeForce Now is compatible with iOS, has full permission from Apple to work, and games that are on the platform cannot be banned easily. The reason? They are not installed on your iPhone or iPad and do not even run on them.
Thus, Apple should not be able to do anything to stop the return of Fortnite to their devices, unless they decide to charge against NVIDIA itself and make another enemy.