iPhone gamers haven’t been able to access Fortnite for some time now after Apple banned Fortnite on the App Store, but that looks like it might be changing thanks to a new update from Nvidia’s GeForce Now streaming service.
Epic Games and Nvidia have teamed up to put Fortnite on GeForce Now, streaming via the Safari browser on iOS, starting with a closed beta test sometime next week. The test will only be available to GeForce Now subscribers.
Nvidia has also worked with Epic Games to implement a new type of touch-based controls for Fortnite. Touch controls were previously part of Fortnite’s mobile version, but, presumably, these new controls will be more friendly for streaming the game from the cloud.
Fortnite was previously removed from the iOS App Store in August 2020 after Epic sued Apple over its App Store policies, launching a protracted trial between the two companies. Apple later effectively banned Fortnite from the App Store for five years when it decided not to reinstate Epic’s developer account on the platform.
Google similarly removed Fortnite from the Android Play Store, but players could still download the game via the Epic Games app.
We’ve reached out to Apple PR for comment and will update this story if we receive a response.
It’s currently unclear if Apple will allow such a move by Epic Games and Nvidia, considering the high profile of the case and ensuing controversy between Epic and Apple, neither of which indicated an interest in reaching a compromise during legal proceedings.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.
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