Fortnite Could Come Back To Phones Via Streaming Service
While the legal battle between Epic and Apple continues apace, players may be able to stream Fortnite soon thanks to Nvidia.
Fortnite has been absent from the iOS App Store due to an ongoing legal battle between Epic and Apple, but iPhone and iPad players may soon have another solution available to them. Rather than run natively through iOS itself, you may soon be able to stream it thanks to Nvidia.
BBC reports that Nvidia has developed a version of its cloud service to run in Safari browsers, expected to roll out sometime this fall. This effectively circumvents Apple's restrictions, since it doesn't exercise tight controls on third-party services running through browsers on its phone.
That would make Fortnite one of several games available through the Nvidia service, though the free tier of Nvidia's service is limited to an hour. But as the report notes, streaming the game could make it subject to lag that would put players at a competitive disadvantage.
Aside from its dispute with Epic over direct payments, Apple has also set strict guidelines for streaming services like those from Microsoft. This has prevented those services from appearing on iOS devices, but more and more, we're seeing companies use the lower threshold of restrictions in browsers. Amazon announced its Luna service would be available on iOS through browser support, and reports circulated shortly after that Microsoft would do the same for its Xbox Game Pass streaming service. Nvidia would be exercising the same strategy, but it could have unique claim to Fortnite since Epic's popular battle royale isn't available on either of those services.