Today we have a piece of exciting news for Fortnite fans. Fortnite can now be played on Apple or Android for free with the help of Xbox cloud gaming. Microsoft has joined their hands together with Epic Games to make this dream come true once again for gaming lovers. Giving people a chance to play Fortnite for free through Xbox’s Cloud Gaming service, the game will make a huge comeback to Android as well as iOS devices. We can all remember how heartbreaking it was when the game went down from the Play Store and App Store resulting from a royalty dispute regarding in-game payments.
While we all might know that Fortnite is a free game, it still brings in plenty of cash through the trading that happens with real money. Players tend to trade money for in-game V-bucks which they can then spend on numerous items. This easily generates billions of dollars each year.
“We’re starting with Fortnite and will look to bring more Free-to-Play games people love in the future. At Xbox we want to make gaming accessible to the 3 billion players around the world, and cloud has an important role in that mission. Quite simply we want you to have more choice in both the games you play and the way you choose to play them.”
Epic Games had been on the hook regarding a royalty payment dispute with Apple and Google. We are talking about a 30% royalty on iOS as well as Android. As a result, Epic Games decided to provide an update in the app that allowed for direct payments to be made. This way they could avoid the royalties agreed with Apple and Google. As a result, the app was blocked for further updates on both the Play Store and the App Store. This ultimately resulted in a full-fledged legal battle.
With the help of this latest initiative with Microsoft, the Xbox Cloud Gaming service will make Fortnite available on devices which support the browser in 26 countries. There are no hidden costs and no membership requirements to play the game.