Google Play Store Now Tells You It Doesn't Have Fortnite

Judy Cobb
August 11, 2018

"Digital Wellbeing is now available in Beta Preview for devices running Android 9.0", the app's listing on the Google Play Store notes.

An APK for Fortnite on Android has been leaked, allowing some players to play the game on their Android devices before it has officially released.

Google's cut is 30% of all user purchases made on the Play Store, same as Apple's for the App Store. Fortnite developer Epic Games has made a calculated decision to release the app on its own.

The message that pops up says that "Fortnite Battle Royal by Epic Games, Inc is not available on Google Play". Perhaps the developer intends to profit from the first early wave of adopters, which will be massive given the time users have waited for the game to arrive on Android.

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The reason the company behind Fortnite has chose to release the game on Android without the Play store is simple: money.

Fortnite for Android beta is now available, but not on the Play Store. However, the millions of kids who just want to play the latest and greatest game probably aren't aware of that.

Malware could infect Android users looking to play Fortnite in a myriad of ways. Fortnite Android is one of - if not the - most talked about apps available today, and the battle royale trend has been around for a while. But you can still install Android Pie right now via AOSP ROM. Developer "argraur" has successfully ported Android 9.0 Pie for the Nexus 5x. Epic will also offer downloads of the game on its website in the coming days for most Android smartphones.

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