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Fortnite back on iPhone and iPad next week but only via Nvidia GeForce Now


Fortnite the long way round (pic: Nvidia)

If you’re really desperate to play Fortnite on your iPhone there will be an official way soon, even if it’s still not on the App Store.

Epic Games’ bafflingly pointless legal battle with Apple means that a year and a half has passed and Fortnite still isn’t available on iOS or Android devices, or at least not via the official app stores.

It’s not clear whether Fortnite will ever be available again as an ordinary app but Nvidia has announced that, from next week, you will be able to stream it via a closed beta version of their GeForce Now service, which works via the Safari web browser.

It is only a streamed version of the game, so you will have to have a good and stable internet connection for it to work, but technically it means the game is once again available via iOS.

How to play Fortnite on iPhone and Android

The same will also be true of Android, although you can already download Fortnite for Android devices by going via Epic’s own website.

Why Epic hasn’t set up a similar site for iOS is unclear, as Apple has said it is allowed – indeed it’s the way the GeForce Now service itself works, as well as Microsoft’ cloud streaming tech.

Even if it wasn’t a closed beta it’s obvious that the number of people accessing the game via GeForce Now is going to be tiny compared to when it was just a normal app download, but if you want to try and sign up for the beta the website is here.

Epic knew full well that Fortnite would be banned as soon as they started trying to circumvent the App Store, so they must’ve calculated beforehand that the loss of business wouldn’t be disastrous for them.

Fortnite certainly seems to still be going strong, even if hardly anyone is playing it on mobile these days…

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