Fortnite for Android Will Not Release on Google’s Play Store

Fortnite Mobile Won't Be Available on Google Play Store, EPIC Reveals Why

Fortnite Is Ditching the Google Play Store

"Epic's goal is to bring its games directly to customers".

However, there's quite a big catch in that it won't be available to download on the Google Play Store. Initial reports peg the exclusivity deal between Epic Games and Samsung at 30 days, but a new report states the exclusivity could last as long as an extra 3 months. However, this behemoth is entirely funded through in-app purchases.

Epic Games is confident about Fortnite for Android being as popular on the platform as it is on iOS.

On Android, would-be Fortnite players will need to navigate to Epic's website to download an APK that will prompt users to adjust their security settings specific to that one file and then download the game in full.

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Epic's sidestepping of the verified Play Store system will make it even more hard for inexperienced users to spot these fake versions of the game when Fortnite arrives on Android legitimately.

Fortnite has been available on Apple's iOS platform - installable on iPhone and iPad - for quite some time now. There's still no set date for when the game will launch on Android. When it does hit Android, EPIC wants to make sure that all of those profits make their way back to the company without passing through Google's pocket first.

Game maker Epic's decision not to go through Google's official app store - which is simple to access through Android phones - is due to Google taking a 30 per cent cut of revenue. Considering the iOS version of Fornite made over United States dollars $15 million since its release 3 weeks ago, there's a lot of cash to be made. "But on open platforms, 30 percent is disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform, such as payment processing, download bandwidth, and customer service". According to Sweeney, this means that "of the 2.5 billion Android devices in the world or so, 300 million will run it well", which means that roughly 12% of Android devices will be capable of running Fortnite properly. Epic Games is now exploring the option of including Fortnite on various third-party stores in China, but it has nothing to announce at this time. Epic's CEO isn't concerned, however, as he states that gamers "have proven able to adopt safe software practices" and, as evidence, states that "gaming has thrived on the open PC platform through many sources". Sweeney thinks that all operating systems should provide security this way, rather than allowing a single store owner to decide what users can or cannot install.

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