Fortnite is a public favorite among gamers and most iOS users have been looking forward to its inclusion in iOS for easy gameplay.
However, with Fortnite missing from Apple’s App Store for more than a year, users have given up hope that the game would return to the Store for iOS devices. Reports suggest that the popular game from Epic Games, which is nothing short of a blockbuster royale, won’t be making a comeback on the App Store.
But there’s nothing to be upset about, as reports also make it clear that while the game won’t be back in the App Store, it can be played in Apple’s Safari, their web browser. The report was clarified via NVIDIA’s GeForce Now game streaming service.
The breakthrough in the news came from NVIDIA and Epic, who announced that the two have teamed up to release a touch-friendly version of Fortnite that can be played on mobile devices such as iPhones.
With the news around, a private and limited-time beta of Fortnite on mobile is rolling out next week. The subscribers of NVIDIA’s cloud gaming service can register to participate in the beta version.
The last availability of Fortnite on iPhone was in August 2020. This happened when Epic Games added a new option in the in-game store that allowed players to extensively purchase the V-Bucks features, which was an in-game currency of Epic. This was against Apple’s terms, which resulted in it being banned from Apple’s App Store.
Following the takedown of Fortnite, Epic has also filed a lawsuit against Apple. It led to Epic instructing players to download and install the game from the Google Play Store instead.
Rather than forging the case against Apple, a very public lawsuit was held in a lengthy deliberation in which the judge stated that Apple cannot prevent developers from including external metadata buttons, external links and other information in the app.
But even after the positive verdict, Epic has still refrained from adding Fortnite to the App Store and will soon not be available natively on Apple’s App Store, as reported by Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games.
The good news, though, is that Fortnite will be available in Safari for a mobile gaming experience, so if you’re interested in playing the game on your iPhone, you’ll need to play directly in the phone’s browser.