After several months of beta, Epic Games’ colorful battle-royale is officially released on the GeForce Now cloud gaming service.
For the first time since the clash between Apple and Epic, the mobile version of Fortnite optimized for touchscreens is now officially available on Android and iOS. Have the two giants buried the hatchet? Not really; the return of Fortnite on iPhones is done through GeForce Now, Nvidia’s cloud gaming service.
As subscribers know, the GeForce Now app does not exist on iPhone. However, the service is still accessible directly through any browser. And don’t panic, if this access mode might look like DIY at first glance, it seems to work quite well.
Nvidia recalls that this launch follows a beta period of several months during which “over 500,000 people have streamed over 4 million Fortnite sessions” via GeForce Now, much of it on iOS. This beta allowed Nvidia to optimize the game’s touch interface; it should now be more intuitive, but also more responsive than the one presented last January.
A small victory for Epic against Apple
Remember that this situation took root in the long legal battle between Epic and Apple. The first had risen to the plate against the tax demanded by Apple on its App Store, considered excessive by the troops of Tim Sweeney. After several rather provocative trading maneuvers that went directly against the platform’s guidelines, Fortnite ended up being ousted altogether.
Dozens of hours of lawsuits and injunctions later, the colorful battle-royale has still not found its way to the App Store, but never mind; with GeForce Now, Nvidia has opened a way out that allows Epic to run its game on iPhones without even asking the firm for its opinion. And as you might expect, Tim Sweeney did not hesitate to make this big snub a reality as quickly as possible. It remains to be seen how popular the cloud version of Fortnite on iOS.