The Apple-Epic court battle is well underway, but Fortnite fans will be happy to learn that there will soon be a way to play the game on their iPhones… again. Apple banned Fortnite from its App Store since August, and until the Epic issue is settled in court, the app will not return to iOS.
However, according to BBC, iPhone and iPad owners will be able to play Fortnite again through the NVIDIA cloud service, GeForce Now. The service is not yet available on iOS, but BBC expects the announcement to be made before the holiday season.
Apple retains 30% of all in-app purchases in its store, prohibiting Epic, and any company from bypassing this share by offering its services directly through the app. The GeForce Now service, however, runs through the Safari mobile web browser, so Apple will not be entitled to a share of digital goods sales when Fortnite is played this way.
The service allows you to stream your game library to laptops, cell phones, and other devices. The initial “Founders” subscription will cost $5 per month, while users will be able to play for free but for a limited time.
Note that Microsoft has also announced that it will offer xCloud on iOS via Safari sometime in the next year.
Fortnite before the ban counted 115 million users on iOS and 73 million of them played the game through the Apple operating system alone.