Why Fortnite is not present on Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming service

Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) service, available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, allows you to play many games, but not the popular Fortnite.
Is it because of a technical problem? No, it’s a decision of publisher Epic Games. Indeed, Microsoft’s service is considered a competitor, as Joe Kreiner, vice president of business development, clarified during a testimony in the context of the conflict between Epic Games and Apple:

“We considered Microsoft’s efforts with xCloud to compete with our PC offerings. “

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On the other hand, the publisher has made an agreement with Nvidia and Fortnite is available on the GeForce Now service. Thus, iPhone and iPad users can access the game using Safari browser. The difference is in the purchase of the games. For Xbox Cloud Gaming, you must go through Microsoft while for GeForce Now, the purchase can be made in stores such as Steam or the Epic Games Store.

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However, Epic Games accuses Apple of completely controlling transactions for the purchase of games or options within a game. If Fortnite is free, some in-game options are chargeable and the publisher wants to recover all the benefits. , which explains the absence of the game on the Xbox Cloud Gaming service.
In the meantime, the trial between the publisher of Fortnite and Apple will take place on May 3, Tim Cook may be present, in person.

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Source : The Verge

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