Microsoft has announced that Fortnite will be available on iPhone for free on Android, iOS, and Windows devices, according to the makers.
The hit battle royale video game has been out of the reach of iPhone users since Apple (and Google) removed it from their app stores in 2020 due to a dismal set of in-app payment guidelines.
Fortnite has previously been available via GeForce Now on iOS (albeit in a closed beta). Android users may also download the game from the Epic Games website.
Regardless of the hardware requirements, the Microsoft partnership would allow users, including PC gamers, to stream Fortnite on internet browsers on their devices.
Microsoft''s role in video gaming market has been boosted by $68.7 billion (roughly Rs. 5,26,873 crore) and a merger of Activision Blizzard, a software giant.
Fortnite is the first free-to-play game to be licensed to the Xbox Cloud Gaming service. "It''s an important step to add a free-to-play title to the cloud gaming catalogue as we continue our cloud journey," Microsoft said in a blog post.
Xbox Cloud Gaming has viewed more than 10 million people across the world since its launch in 2020. The service is available in 26 markets, including the United States. Xbox Cloud Gaming is not available in India.
Microsoft, as well as Epic Games, and a number of other companies, have criticised Apple''s store practices, which require developers to pay commissions of up to 30 percent for purchases made at the store.
Fortnite''s creator has also been involved in a legal battle with Apple, but it gained a trial last year over whether Apple''s payment rules for apps were anticompetitive.
Apple found that it had reasonable reasons to impose some app companies to use its payment system and pay commissions of 15 to 30 percent on their sales.
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