Epic Games, developer of Fortnite, and Nvidia, which has a cloud gaming service, announced on Thursday that they are working together on a solution to bring the hugely popular online game back to Apple iPhones in a ‘ near future’.
Epic Games has been at open war with Apple since last summer. At the heart of the dispute, the 30% tax levied by the GAFA member on all downloads from its App Store. In August, the game developer attempted to bypass iOS’s payment system, and therefore commissions. Apple immediately responded by banning Fortnite from its app store. Since then, iPhone and iPad users can no longer download the game, or, if they already have it, they no longer have access to updates essential to its proper functioning.
After a long legal battle, a California court in October refused to force Apple to reinstall the survival shooter on its devices, as Epic Games demanded. Since then, the status quo has remained, but perhaps not for a very long time.
Nvidia and Epic Games announced on Thursday that Fortnite will soon return to iPhones via the Safari web browser, which is not subject to Apple’s billing requirements, the agency reports. Reuters.
The American company, specializing in the design of processors and graphics cards, is seeking to develop its streaming game service called GeForce NOW. The firm also announced on Thursday that it was launching a test version of its platform for Apple iPhones and iPads.
If this first version of GeForce NOW on Apple products will require a gamepad to be attached to the devices in order to have buttons and a directional pad, this should not be essential for Fortnite.
No longer completely free?
“We are working on setting up a tactile version of Fortnite, which will delay the availability of the game,” Phil Eisler, head of Nvidia’s online gaming department, wrote in a blog post.
While waiting for the famous shooter, subscribers to GeForce NOW who have an Apple device will be able to play the latest innovations available on the platform, including the very recent ‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’.
Note that it is not clear at this stage whether access to Fortnite can be done outside of the GeForce NOW subscription, which costs 5.49 euros per month.