After the torrid legal battle between Apple and Epic Games, the studio is all set to bring back Fortnite to iOS. However, this time, the game will not be listed on the App Store. Instead, the game will be available on iOS through GeForce Now, which is the online cloud streaming service by NVIDIA.
GeForce Now is an online cloud streaming that belongs to NVIDIA. It allows players to play PC games they have on their cloud, provided they are compatible. GeForce Now was already available for Mac, Android and PC. However, they have now introduced their services in the latest version of iOS.
GeForce Now is available for use on iOS devices such as the iPhone or the iPad. The beta version of this service went live today.
Since GeForce Now streams authentic PC games, players will need to link a controller with their iPad or iPhone. Unfortunately, players cannot play games that require a keyboard and mouse on these devices.
However, Epic Games is trying to make the iOS version of Fortnite resemble its original form as much as possible. So, the studio is working on a version of the game which can have touch controls. Because of this specification, the developers will need some more time before they can release Fortnite on iOS. Epic has, however, announced that the game will release in the “near future.”
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the legal battle between Apple and Epic Games, here’s the gist of it.
The dispute began with Epic’s implementation of a direct-pay system into Fortnite. This essentially meant that any earning made through in-app purchases using actual money or V-bucks bypassed the App Store.
Apple, therefore, could not take a cut from these purchases. Naturally, introducing this new system did not sit well with Apple, who removed the game from their App Store. Epic, in return, brought a law-suit against the gaming company.
The legal battle began in August 2020 and continued till November 11, 2020, when Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, who was presiding over this legal battle, refused Apple’s claims of theft.
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Naturally, the gaming community can’t wait for the return of Fortnite to iOS.
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