Fortnite is not available on Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gamings service, and that’s actually by choice. According to a new deposition made public as part of Epic Games’ ongoing court case against Apple, Epic Games regards Microsoft’s xCloud service as competition to its own PC offerings, and that is the reason why.
In a statement given by Epic Games vice president of business development Joe Kreiner (via The Verge), he confirmed that it’s a deliberate choice on their part. He said:
“We viewed Microsoft’s efforts with xCloud to be competitive with our PC offerings.”
This is probably the consequence of Microsoft siding with Apple last year. The war continues.
Epic Games worked with Nvidia last year to launch Fortnite on GeForce Now and has several of their games on the Nvidia cloud gaming service, where all revenue from the original game’s purchase or any in-app purchases goes back to Epic Games instead of Nvidia. This is probably the biggest reason why Epic Games views the Xbox Cloud Gaming service as a competitor and rival.