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Fortnite is returning to iOS devices - but not on the App Store

By Tim Augustin - on 14 Jan 2022, 1:16pm

Fortnite is returning to iOS devices - but not on the App Store

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The Epic v. Apple battle continues. 

Fortnite is finally returning to iOS devices after almost a year of back-and-forth battles between Epic Games and Apple. However, the game isn’t coming back via the App Store. IOS users will have to use the Safari web browser and stream the game via Nvidia’s GeForce Now service. 

Fortnite can also be played via GeForce Now on Android, so this isn’t unique to Apple devices. Nvidia and Epic announced today that a ‘touch-friendly version of Fortnite’ is in development for cloud streaming on mobile devices. A limited-time closed beta kicks off next week on both iOS and Android platforms, and you can register to try out the beta now. 

The Epic v. Apple war first kicked off in 2020, when Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple for removing Fortnite from the App Store - after allowing players to purchase V-Bucks directly from Epic. The lawsuit seemingly came to a resolution in September, when the case’s judge ruled that Apple has to allow developers to offer other methods of payment beyond what is currently offered by the company. 

Apple has still blacklisted Epic Games however, and will not allow Fortnite’s return to the App Store. Fortnite remains as popular as ever, having recently debuted Chapter 3 in December with a Spider-Man skin, new gameplay mechanics such as camping, more weapons and a whole new map. It’s uncertain when or even if Fortnite will return to the App Store, but at least Apple users now have a roundabout way of playing the game if they want to. 

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