The Xbox Cloud Gaming service is limited to just Xbox Game Pass titles right now, but should it expand beyond that, you'll probably be shocked (not) to know that Epic Games has no intention of adding Fortnite to the library.
Per the ongoing legal case between Apple and Epic Games over the distribution of Fortnite, a recently made public deposition from the proceedings (thanks, The Verge) revealed why Xbox Cloud Gaming will probably not see the game in the future. Joe Kreiner, Epic’s vice president of business development, made the comment, revealing that the company sees Microsoft as a competitor.
“We viewed Microsoft’s efforts with xCloud to be competitive with our PC offerings.”
A short and sweet response. Currently, Epic has Fortnite as part of Nvidia GeForce Now, which is the only way to play the game on iPhone due to the legal dispute between the two companies. Through Nvidia GeForce Now, Epic is said to get any revenue made from the game, which is most likely why it's opposed to bringing it to Xbox Cloud Gaming.
With Fortnite already on mobile and Xbox Cloud Gaming currently only supporting Xbox Game Pass titles, it's not surprising we haven't seen any mention of the two joining up. It seems Epic has no intention of allowing their baby to be streamed that way, even as the service evolves over time. But then again, who knows what the future holds!
Surprised by Epic Games' response to Fortnite and Xbox Cloud Gaming? Let us know in the comments below.
Given that Epic is climbing into bed with Sony this comes as no surprise.
Dont care about Fortnite at all, but if they win the legal case against Apple, we will most certainly have xCloud as an iPhone App
Well, no F2P games are on xCloud are they?
Only actual Game Pass games.
Yeah, I don't get it either. Now that the Gold requirement for F2P games has been removed, who'd pay a monthly fee to play Fortnite? 😂
This Epic Games vs The World thing is still going on? Eh. I lost interest once Apple replied, "Bring it." Now I just know Epic Games as that awful PC gaming storefront that doesn't have a cart but gives away really old Xbox Games with Gold quality shovelware for free every other week.
I feel like Epic is overplaying their hand and if they keep this up they will lose their player base. There just needs to be a legitimate competitor in the mobile. PUBG mobile doesn’t reach as broad an audience.
First things first Epic does not really need Xbox Game Pass for almost anything as Fortnite is a Free to Play title and thus why put it in there. The only reason they would accept is if there's no other choice but to actually place the game for iOS users in particular.
Epic's Lawsuit against Apple is still ongoing as of now and Epic is still hoping to win (surely they will not due to how powerful Apple is but hope is the last thing anyone loses). If they win, Apple will be forced to put Fortnite back on the App Store (and will be forced to follow Epics financial terms when it come of their in-app purchases) making Xcloud completely pointless for this game in particular as the game was on iOS before and was optimized for it.
As for Geforce Now, bear in mind that this service is actually a Cloud-based VM which runs Windows 10 with access to the Epic Game Store and thus they play the PC Version as a result and even so there's a Mac Version of the Game which thanks to April anouncement that the new iPad Pro having the M1 chip that the new Macs are using which might open the possibility of the Mac of the Mac version coming to these devices in particular
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