‘Fortnite’ returns to iOS and Android devices

A partnership between Microsoft Corp and Epic Games has seen the game ‘Fortnite’ return to Android and iOS devices.

Users of Xbox Cloud Gaming will now be able to play “Fortnite” for free on devices powered by Google-owned Android and Apple’s iOS.

The hit battle-royal videogame has been out of the reach of mobile users since Apple Inc and Google removed it from their app stores in 2020 over a tussle about in-app payment guidelines.

The Microsoft partnership would allow users including PC gamers to stream “Fortnite” on internet browsers on their devices just like Netflix irrespective of the hardware specifications.

Since launching in 2020, more than 10 million people around the world have streamed games through Xbox Cloud Gaming. The service is available in 26 markets, including the United States.

Microsoft, as well as Epic Games and scores of other firms, have criticized Apple’s store practices, which require developers to pay commissions of up to 30% for purchases made in the store.

The “Fortnite” creator has also been involved in a legal battle with Apple, but it largely lost a trial last year over whether Apple’s payment rules for apps were anticompetitive.