Fortnite is reportedly making a return to iPhones as a part of Nvidia's cloud gaming service


BROOKLYN, NY – AUGUST 9: Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney speaks on stage during Samsung Unpacked New York City at the Barclays Center on August 9, 2018 in Brooklyn City.

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Fortnite could return to iPhones and iPads soon – this time as part of Nvidia's cloud gaming service.

The US chipmaker plans to bring GeForce Now, which gives gamers access to a library of games hosted on its servers, to a mobile version of Apple's Safari web browser, the BBC reported on Thursday. The service is currently available on Mac, Windows, Android, and Chromebook computers.

In theory, this would allow Fortnite developer Epic Games to bring their popular battle royale shooter game back to Apple devices without having to pay the tech giant for any of the in-game transactions. Fortnite was banned from the App Store earlier this year after introducing an in-game alternative payment method that bypassed Apple's 30% commission on in-app purchases.

The two companies have been involved in an intense legal battle since August. Epic is suing Apple over allegations that the company is stifling competition through its App Store policies. Apple, on the other hand, has countered, arguing that Epic had violated its contract with the company. According to Apple, Epic has made over $ 600 million on the App Store to date.

When asked about the possibility of Fortnite making a return to iPhones as part of GeForce Now, Apple referred to an earlier statement that developers should follow the guidelines, "including individual game submission for review."

Nvidia told CNBC that there are "no comments on new customers joining the service or the availability of games on unannounced or unreleased platforms," ​​but added that "Fortnite for GeForce Now on platforms outside of PC, Mac and Android is not verified. ""

It's not clear if that means Fortnite isn't coming to an iOS version of Nvidia's cloud gaming platform. An Epic spokesperson told CNBC, "We have no comment. The information has not been confirmed by Epic or Nvidia."

Epic isn't the only game company that Apple hires with its App Store rules. Game streaming apps have trouble launching on iOS. Although Apple has adjusted its guidelines for such services, Microsoft and Facebook argue that the company's guidelines are still too restrictive. However, Amazon plans to bring its upcoming Luna cloud gaming service as a web app to Apple devices.

Read the full report on the BBC here.


Katherine Clark