The standoff between Epic, the developer of the Fortnite video game, and Apple, is part of the news that marked this year 2020 in the world of new technologies. As a reminder, the developer of this game challenged Apple by offering an alternative in terms of payments that allowed not to pay the 30% commission charged by the App Store on transactions.
In response to this, Apple decided to ban the Fortnite game from its app store. And the case was brought to American justice. As this could take several years, at the moment, it is not known when Fortnite will return to the App Store.
A return to the iPhone thanks to cloud gaming?
The good news is that new rumors are circulating that Fortnite could soon be available on iPhones thanks to GeForce Now, Nvidia’s cloud gaming service. This is indicated in an article published a few days ago by the BBC.
According to him, Nvidia has developed a version compatible with the Safari browser of this cloud gaming service. And it would be possible that Fortnite is one of the games available on this web version of the platform.
A cloud gaming service on Safari?
Of course, at the moment, this is just a rumor. And caution is still required. Asked by the BBC, Nvidia said he “Does not comment on any new customer entering the service, or the availability of a game on platforms which have not yet been announced or which have not yet been released”.
The fact that Nvidia does not completely deny it gives some hope to Fortnite players who use the operating system of it. As a reminder, Apple has already published its rules for developers who want to offer cloud gaming services through the App Store.
But it is unlikely that these conditions, which require for example that each title be offered as a full app on the App Store, or that these games use the Apple payment system (which may charge a commission) , suitable for developers. To escape Apple’s controls and its 30% tax, it is likely that many companies are considering offering their cloud gaming services via the mobile web (for example, on Safari).
Currently, rumors are also circulating about a web version of xCloud that Microsoft would develop so that this service is accessible on iPhone and iPad, while avoiding the rules imposed by Apple. Alternatively, recently, a developer also created an iOS browser that allowed you to play Stadia (Google’s cloud gaming service) on Apple’s platform. But this application ended up being banned by the Cupertino company.