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Fortnite has been absent from the App Store since August after Epic Games

Fortnite is coming back to iOS devices via Nvidia’s cloud gaming service GeForce Now, a workaround that allows players to access the game while Epic Games and Apple engage in a contentious legal battle over Apple’s App Store policies.

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2020 may have stunk, but at least you can still play Fortnite. CHRIS DELMAS/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

KEY FACTS

Fortnite has been absent from the App Store since August after Epic Games purposefully circumvented Apple’s 30% App Store fee, causing Apple to kick the game off the App Store for violating its policies.

Though users who already had Fortnite v bucks generator downloaded still have access to the game, Epic can’t push out updates, causing daily active users to decline 60%, according to a September court filing.

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GeForce Now allows users to stream Fortnite in Safari instead of playing it on an app, which means it isn’t subject to Apple’s App Store rules.

Though a beta version of GeForce Now launches on iOS Thursday, Nvidia said Fortnite won’t be immediately available because it is working on implementing touch-friendly controls for the game.

CRUCIAL QUOTE

“Alongside the amazing team at Epic Games, we’re working to enable a touch-friendly version of Fortnite, which will delay availability of the game. . . . We’re looking forward to delivering a cloud-streaming Fortnite mobile experience powered by GeForce NOW. Members can look for the game on iOS Safari soon,” Nvidia said in a blog post.

KEY BACKGROUND

Epic for months has been locked in a legal battle with Apple over the tech giant’s policy of taking a 30% cut of in-app purchases, which the gaming company says is anticompetitive and unfair. Epic asked a judge to compel Apple to put Fortnite back in the App Store while the lawsuit plays out, but the court ruled against the gaming company in October. Epic’s opposition to Apple policies have created a larger movement of tech companies against the tech giant, including Spotify, Match Group and Tile.