Nvidia Taps Cloud Gaming Platform To Bring Fortnite Back To Apple’s iPhones

Nvidia is aiming to bring Fortnite back to Apple devices using a new version of its GeForce Now cloud gaming service that runs on Safari, according to multiple news outlets.

The development will enable Fortnite users to play Epic Games using Nvidia servers. Apple customers have not been able to download the game since it was banned from the App Store in August. The issue stems from a feud that commenced when the Maryland-based game maker unveiled a payment platform designed to sidestep the App Store’s payment system and its 30 percent commission.

Under the new version, Epic said Apple “will not get a cut of virtual items sold within the battle royale fighting title when played this way.”

Epic has spoken out against Apple’s 30 percent commission on in-app gaming purchases, saying the policy is anti-competitive. Apple, in turn, has accused Epic of wanting a “free ride.”

“Nvidia is not commenting on any new clients coming to the service, or on the availability of any game on unannounced or unreleased platforms,” a spokesman for the firm told the BBC. “Fortnite is not confirmed for GeForce Now on platforms beyond PC, Mac and Android.”

The conflicts between Apple and Epic Games over the future of Fortnite on iOS could have drastic effects on the digital economy and what entities will play the role of gatekeeper. 

Apple’s filing in September alleges that Epic sabotages itself. Epic Games sued Apple immediately after Fortnite was removed from the App Store. 

A federal judge ruled that Epic Games can’t reinstate Fortnite on the Apple App Store before the suit is resolved at trial. It was ruled, however, that Apple is to extend access to Epic for development tools.