For the past few months, players on iOS devices have been left out of the Fortnite action due to Apple’s decision to remove the game from the App Store in the midst of a legal dispute with Epic Games.
However, with the help of Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service, the battle royale game is now available once again on iOS devices. Read on to learn how to get Fortnite set up and running on the service.
After developer Epic Games included a direct payment option in Fortnite in violation of App Store rules in August 2020, Apple removed the popular title from the App Store. Fortnite was previously incompatible with iOS devices, but thanks to the Xbox Cloud Gaming service, you can now play the game on your iPhone or iPad by accessing it through Safari or another web browser.
Streaming games from a remote server via a web app, the Xbox Cloud Gaming service is currently available in 26 countries. This means that you can play games like Fortnite without having to download and install any game data on your iOS device. (There are a lot of in-app purchases available in the game, but they’re not required to play).
Connecting to Wi-Fi and having a Microsoft account (don’t worry if you don’t have one; creating an account is free) are all you need to play Fortnite on an iOS device. Due to the inclusion of touch controls, a controller is not required to enjoy Fortnite. In just a few short minutes after reading this, you’ll be ready to go.
- Start up Safari on your Apple device.
- Go to xbox.com/play for more information.
- Select “Play for Free” below the Fortnite image that should be displayed at the site’s top. (Look for it in the games list if you can’t find it.)
- On the next page, select the option to Get Ready to Play.
- If you’d like to add a shortcut to Xbox Live Cloud Gaming to your home screen, just comply with the on-screen instructions.
- To add an item to your home screen, open the actions menu in Safari by tapping the share icon (the square with the arrow pointing out), then selecting Add to Home Screen.
- Now, on your device’s Home Screen, tap the Cloud Gaming icon to launch Xbox in a new tab or window.
- Go ahead and choose Fortnite as your game of choice.
- Select the sign-in button and log in using your Microsoft account.
- It’s not necessary to sign up for an Xbox subscription; any Live.com or Hotmail.com email address will suffice. You can sign up for a Microsoft account for free if you don’t already have one.
- Once you’ve logged in, you can return to the Fortnite page and select the Play button. Just press the Start button once the game has loaded.
- In a nutshell, that’s how it works. You can now access the game on your iOS device. You must turn off the orientation lock if you want to play the game in landscape mode.
Because Xbox Cloud Gaming is a web app that streams data, and because you’re actually playing Fortnite on a remote server, you should always be connected to a Wi-Fi network for optimal performance.
Exactly Why Is It that Playing Fortnite on An iPhone Is Forbidden?
First, let’s explain to the uninitiated why Fortnite isn’t available on Apple products. Epic Games filed suit against Apple in the middle of August 2020, alleging that the App Store infringed upon its rights under the Sherman Act.
Epic Games claims in its statement that Apple maintains a monopoly because it distributes all mobile apps through its App Store and takes a 30 percent cut of all game sales and in-app purchases.
Epic Games argued that users and creators should have a choice. In September, Apple submitted its reply to the lawsuit. Apple not only refused to modify its business strategy to meet the requirements, but it also removed Fortnite from its App Store.
A temporary restraining order was requested by the court to prevent Apple from removing Fortnite from the App Store. Because of this, Apple has removed Fortnite from all iOS and macOS devices. Since then, Fortnite on iPhone has been unavailable.
Without meaning to insinuate anything, Apple’s policies seem a bit Orwellian in the way they restrict people’s freedom to choose and play on whatever device they please. The Xbox will soon put an end to this issue.