What you need to know
- Fortnite will not be offered through Microsoft's xCloud gaming service.
- Epic Games views the service as a competing platform with their own PC offering.
Fortnite is not coming to Microsoft xCloud.
As reported by The Verge, a deposition with Joe Kreiner, Epic's vice president of business development, has revealed that the company is purposely holding back Fortnite from xCloud. According to Kreiner, Epic views xCloud as a direct competitor to its PC platform.
According to Kreiner, Epic has not attempted to negotiate with Microsoft over the company's usual requirement to use its game store and payments system.
This development is notable because it is similar to the reason that Epic Games pulled Fortnite from Apple's App Store. The company is currently suing Apple to allow competing app stores on the iPhone as well as the ability to use their own payment system rather than Apple's in-app purchase platform.
Epic, rather than wanting to operate through the current standards of the App Store, Google Play Store, or xCloud, seems to be all-in on getting its own store and payments system on each platform.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.