It is now possible to play “Fortnite” on your iPhone (or any iOS device for that matter). Microsoft said on Thursday that the famous royale war is free to play on mobile browsers through the Xbox cloud gaming service, which allows players to stream games directly to their devices. Microsoft’s partnership with Fortnite creator Epic Games bypassed Apple’s App Store, which eliminated Fortnite in 2020 after Epic allowed users to pay directly, avoiding Apple’s 30% discount on all in-app sales. Apple ended up suing Apple over its giant technology trading system, and the case marked a watershed moment in how consumers paid for services on their own Federal judge ruled last year that Apple should allow sound developers application to “direct” customers to other payment methods.
Fortnite is one of the most popular games ever made and is not yet available for download on Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Both Epic and Apple sued last year and Epic sued Google separately for its Google Play Store. Apple has said it will not allow Fortnite to return to its store until the trial is over. Now using Microsoft cloud services, all you need to do to activate “Fortnite” is an account with Microsoft and a device that you can browse the Internet. There are no membership fees or applications to install. Epic Games refuses to answer questions about the partnership. A spokesman for Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment. On Twitter, Tim Sweeney, director of Epic Games, called the partnership “big news,” specifically indicating that the streaming system will work around Apple’s payment system.
It is unclear whether Microsoft will charge a commission for any in-game purchases through their cloud service. Florian Ederer, professor of economics at Yale School of Management, wrote in an email that the partnership was a “great opportunity” for Microsoft to build on a catalog of existing games to stream. That being said, Ederer says that a gaming experience may not be as good as on one application. “Given the Internet connection of many gamers, the schedule is also flawed,” Ederer wrote. . ”