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Nvidia launches the game in “streaming” on iPhone, Fortnite in ambush

GeForce Now allows a variety of games to be played for a subscription directly on Nvidia’s servers. (Photo: Getty Images)

The American Nvidia (NVDA), which has adapted its streaming game service to the web browser of iPhones and iPads, is preparing the return of the game-phenomenon Fortnite, however banned by Apple for having disputed the commissions imposed by the brand on Apple.

“GeForce Now is now available in“ streaming ”on iOS Safari, in beta. More than 5 million GeForce Now members can now access it by launching Safari from an iPhone or iPad and visiting play.geforcenow.com, ”the specialist in graphics card processors said in a statement released Thursday.

The GeForce Now service allows you to play a variety of games for a subscription directly on Nvidia’s servers, without having to install the games first.

By connecting a specific controller to their smartphone and having a very good internet connection, users will be able to launch Ubisoft’s latest franchise Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, play the adventures of Lara Croft or even discover Watch Dogs: Legion, between other major titles of the moment.

But Nvidia is preparing above all for the launch of the ultra-popular game Fortnite, which would thus become accessible even from iPhones: “we are working on a touch version of Fortnite (…)”, therefore without a controller, which made the title of the publisher Epic Games.

This one had launched a paving stone in the pond during the summer by trying to bypass the commission of 30% that Apple takes on the transactions within the applications downloaded on its platforms.

Apple reacted immediately by banning the game from its application store and stopping essential updates for some 116 million players using iOS (63% of whom only have this platform).

The two Californian groups are heading towards a trial which could take place in July 2021.

Contacted by AFP, Apple was not in a position to react immediately.

The group had tightened its rules against streaming gaming this summer and prevented its arrival on the App Store, arguing that it could not verify the content of applications.

But it could be difficult to contain the arrival of these new services trying to take advantage of an absence of restrictions on the internet browser.

Google confirmed Thursday the upcoming arrival of Stadia, launched a year ago, on Safari iOS. However, the launch of Fortnite is not planned there for the moment.

And Microsoft and Amazon are also preparing the arrival of their respective services xCloud and Luna, via web applications.

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