Players playing Xbox Cloud Gaming will now be playing “Fortnite” for free on devices powered by Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS due to a collaboration formed between Microsoft Corp and Epic Games, according to the announcement on Thursday.
The battle-royal game that is a hit is no longer in the game reach for mobile players since Apple Inc and Google removed the app from their stores in 2020 following a dispute over in-app payments policies.
The Microsoft partnership will let users, including gamers on PCs, stream “Fortnite” on internet browsers on their devices, just like Netflix, regardless of their hardware specs.
The move will aid in helping Microsoft attract new casual gamers as the software giant ramps up its efforts to expand its reach in the gaming market and to take on its the competition, Sony Corp. Microsoft earlier this year revealed a $68.7 billion purchase from “Call of Duty” maker Activision Blizzard.
“Fortnite” is the first free-to-play game that has joined the Xbox Cloud Gaming service. “It’s an important step to add a Free-to-Play title to the cloud gaming catalog as we continue our cloud journey,” Microsoft stated in the blog post.
Since its launch in 2020, over 10 million users across the globe have streamed games via Xbox Cloud Gaming. The service is accessible in 26 countries, including the United States.
Microsoft, Epic Games, and scores of other companies have also criticized Apple’s store policies, which require developers to make commissions up to 30% on purchases made at the store.
“Fortnite” creator has also been in a legal fight with Apple but has largely failed in a court case last year about whether Apple’s payment policies for its apps were anti-competitive.
This decision concluded that Apple had good motives to force app developers to use its payment system and pay commissions of between 15% and 30% of their sales.