Epic uses Microsoft to do an end run around Apple

More like an end crawl.

From The Verge's "Now you can play Fortnite on your iPhone or Android for free with Xbox Cloud Gaming" posted Friday.

Ever since Epic Games started its battle with Apple and Google over their app store fees, playing Fortnite on your mobile device has been more difficult, if not impossible. You could try it on iPhone via Nvidia’s GeForce Now but only if you got into a closed beta. But now, Epic Games has decided to partner with the company it spurned — Microsoft — and is putting Fortnite on pretty much anything with a screen for free via the Xbox Cloud Gaming service.

Fortnite is the first free-to-play title to join Xbox Cloud Gaming, and Microsoft says that all you’ll need to play (in the 26 countries where it’s available) is a Microsoft account and internet access for your iOS, iPadOS, Android, or Windows device. It works through your web browser (click here to start playing now), with touch controls as well as support for gamepads, and yes, you can even bring the game to Valve’s Steam Deck portable.

My take: Life is too short. After jumping through a bunch of hoops, recovering a password and watching the LOGGING IN wheel spin for 15 minutes, I gave up. Wouldn't be surprised if game play were a bit sluggish.

10 Comments

  1. Greg Lippert said:
    Oh boy did Fortnight just show Apple, said no one….

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    May 6, 2022
  2. Robert Paul Leitao said:
    Seriously? *Yawn* Game over…

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    May 6, 2022
  3. Fred Stein said:
    Epic just made Apple’s case – best UX.

    To give your customers the best (or even decent) UX, use iOS and pay Apple a most fee for the 100’s of $B they invested to create the best UX.

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    May 6, 2022
    • Robert Paul Leitao said:
      Fred: What I find interesting about this issue is there’s consolidation occurring in the game industry. Of course the headline grabbing acquisition is Microsoft’s offer for ATVI. Similar to the way streaming services are encountering challenges in the immediate post-pandemic period, there’s likely to be intensified competition in the game industry as the economy opens up and consumers return to social and leisure pursuits outside their homes. While I’m not surprised Epic will find “workarounds” I suspect it is in the company’s best interest to settle with Apple.

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      May 6, 2022
  4. Michael Goldfeder said:
    Probably the equivalent of watching an epic movie like Star Wars on a Jet Blue seat back screen. Or drinking an expensive adult beverage in a paper dental office throw away Dixie cup. Stupidity is still legal!

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    May 6, 2022
  5. David Emery said:
    On the other hand, seems to me providing alternatives (no matter how sucky) actually hurts Epic’s legal (and legislative) case against the “Apple monopoly.” (This kinda feels like throwing dung at the wall to see what sticks.)

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    May 6, 2022
    • Romeo A Esparrago Jr said:
      Exactly.
      “ This isn’t a monopoly you’re looking for. Move along … “

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      May 6, 2022
    • Fred Stein said:
      Excellent point. And how ironic.

      The thesis is that the monopoly is Apple’s walled garden, and NOT the iPhone which hosts all the web apps, email and hundreds of other free and open services on the iPhone. The walled garden is a safety zone, where customers are protected from predators, and App developers are protected from copy cats, and both get amazing experiences from the 250,000 APIs that front-end the massive S/W and H/W.

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      • Chris De Armond said:
        Fred
        Superb word smithing.

        Apple should use your term “…(Our) walled garden is a safety zone” as a slogan in advertising and talking to congress and other legislators.

        And then use the rest as support/amplification: “where customers are protected from predators, and App developers are protected from copy cats, and both get amazing experiences from the 250,000 APIs that front-end the massive S/W and H/W.”

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        May 6, 2022
  6. Steven Philips said:
    How is (not very) epic making any money on this? Is micro soft paying them to be on its platform? That would be nuts imho.

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    May 6, 2022

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