Fortnite on Android Will Not Be Releasing Through Google Play

Judy Cobb
August 4, 2018

Let us also remind you that Samsung is expected to officially unveil the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9th and that is when we should hear more about the release date of Fortnite for Android.

It's also worth mentioning that Fortnite has also been globally successful on all platforms from a monetization perspective by managing to claw in over $1 billion in revenue for Epic Games.

"The 30 percent store tax is a high cost in a world where game developers' 70 percent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games", said Sweeney. Sweeney confirmed that Epic is aware of these issues in his interview with EuroGamer, but boasted of Android users' "freedom to install the software they choose", and cautioned them to download only from trusted sources. Epic Games has its own launcher for games like Fortnite and Unreal Tournament, keeping a direct relationship with players and cutting out third-party services like Steam.

The news confirms rumours that began circulating earlier in the week, but it remains to be seen how much of an encumbrance this direct distribution model will be for Android users.

Asked if Epic would avoid the App Store on iOS if Apple allowed it, Sweeney answers: "Yes".

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"Fortnite brings the game's full PC and console experience to Android", he says. After that finishes, you launch the Fortnite Installer, which, unsurprisingly, installs Fortnite. The second, likely bigger, reason, is that Epic doesn't want to share its money with Google, which would take a 30% cut if the game was on the Google Play Store.

Distributing the app outside of the Play Store is a risky move due to the potential security concerns. Now, we know what to expect: the popular battle royale game could take a long while to arrive to other Android devices like the Google Pixel, LG series or OnePlus.

However, novice users are typically discouraged from doing so, because apps from unknown sources could pose a security risk.

The developer didn't confirm when the game is going to be released. Just because the game will eventually come to all Android devices doesn't mean it won't be a timed exclusive.

However, these platforms are tightly controlled, and make it hard for people to install software from unofficial sources. 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".

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