Fortnite is coming back to iOS, but not on the App Store

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Fortnite is back on iOS — well, kind of. Via Nvidia’s Streaming Game Service GeForce NowMobile users on iOS and Android will be able to play the touch-control version of Fortnite via cloud gaming. players can now register To Join the Closed Beta Test of Fortnite’s New Mobile Workaround—You Don’t Need to Have One payment account to play, and pay will not prioritize getting you off the waiting list. But if you want to play Fortnite on mobile for more than an hour, you may be prompted to upgrade.

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Fortnite hasn’t been playable on iOS devices since August 2020, when it was shut down for trying to skirt around a 30% commission on in-app purchases from the App Store. Then, Fortnite developer Epic Games sued Apple, alleging that the tech company is a monopoly that violates anti-trust laws. In September, a California court ruled that Apple cannot prohibit developers from adding links to alternative payments outside of the App Store. But Apple ultimately had the upper hand in the ruling: The court held that the tech giant was not operating as a monopoly like Epic.

But neither Apple nor Epic were happy with the decision, so both sides appealed. Apple convinced the appeals court to give it more time before the injunction was enforced. That means it didn’t need to make changes to the court-ordered App Store as stipulated by the original decision.

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Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney remains a vocal dissatisfaction with Apple, so it’s up in the air if we’ll see a Fortnite iOS app anytime soon, even if the two entities come to an agreement.



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