Since the legal case between Apple and Epic Games, Epic’s Fortnite has been taken off Apple’s App Store. With the final ruling, Apple had been asked to allow third-party payments on the App Store.
However, this has also been challenged, and Apple has managed to stay the ruling. Apple has also stated that Fortnite, and Epic Games’ developer account, will not be allowed on the App Store until the appeals in the case were exhausted. This could take a couple of years, or even more.
Fortnite Returns to Apple Devices
However, this has not stopped Fortnite, the crown jewel of Epic Games, from returning to iOS devices. Although the game is not available on the App Store, it can be accessed on Apple devices.
The game can be accessed through the Safari browser using GeForce Now. GeForce Now is launching a closed beta test next week for the reworked mobile version of Fortnite. This version will differ from the regular Fortnite app. This will be a “touch-friendly” version that is developed by Epic Games and Nvidia.
The closed beta is going to be available for everyone, but only a limited number of players will be admitted. While a GeForce Now account is not needed to register for the beta, it will be needed to play the game. Both paid and free memberships will be able to access the beta.
“While PC games in the GeForce Now library are best experienced on mobile with a gamepad, the introduction of touch controls built by the GeForce Now team offers more options for players, starting with Fortnite. And we’re just getting started. Cloud-to-mobile gaming is a great opportunity for publishers to get their games into more gamers’ hands with touch-friendly versions of their games. PC games or game engines, like Unreal Engine 4, which support Windows touch events can easily enable mobile touch support on GeForce Now.”
– Nvidia Corporation
Will Apple Respond?
The beta is yet to start, and Apple has not commented. We will have to wait and see what their response is. The legal battle was concerned with Epic Games and Fortnite on the App Store. This time, Fortnite is not going to be back on the App Store, and so Apple might not do anything at all. In addition, Nividia is also involved now.
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