iPhone gamers haven’t been able to access Fortnite for a while after Apple banned Fortnite from the App Store, but that looks like that’s about to change thanks to a new update from Nvidia’s GeForce Now streaming service.
Epic Games and Nvidia have partnered to bring Fortnite to GeForce Now and stream it on iOS via the Safari browser, starting with a closed beta test sometime next week. The test is only available to GeForce Now subscribers.
Nvidia has also partnered with Epic Games to implement a new type of touch-based controls for Fortnite. Touch controls were previously part of the mobile version of Fortnite, but presumably these new controls will be easier to use for streaming the game from the cloud.
Fortnite was previously removed from the iOS App Store in August 2020 after Epic sued Apple over its App Store policies and began a lengthy lawsuit between the two companies. Apple later effective Fortnite banned from the App Store for five years when it was decided not to put Epic’s developer account back on the platform.
Google also removed Fortnite from the Android Play Store, but players were still able to download the game through the Epic Games app.
We’ve reached out to Apple PR for comment and will update this story when we receive a response.
It is currently unclear whether Apple will allow such a move by Epic Games and Nvidia, given the high profile of the case and the resulting controversy between Epic and Apple, both of which have expressed no interest in compromise during the court case.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer for IGN.