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


There typically isn't so much news surrounding a game's launch for Android, but this is Fortnite, now the world's most popular game.

Epic Games' CEO, Tim Sweeney, told The Verge that the 30 percent cut that platforms such as the Apple App Store and Google's Play Store charge is a disproportionate amount compared to the payment processing, download bandwidth and customer service they offer.

Fortnite Battle Royale has become a global hit and has more than 125 million players worldwide.

Players will instead have to use a separate installer provided by Epic to download the game directly from the Fortnite website.

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Epic Games and Samsung will enforce this "Samsung only" exclusive period by requiring the launch of Fortnite through the Game Launcher on compatible Samsung devices. Even the iOS version isn't available in China now.

Android's default app install security will need to be disabled to play Fortnite.

Fortnite is free-to-play on all platforms and that would be the case on Android as well. For instance, instead of distributing Fortnite through Steam, the firm has its own launcher on Windows.

Fortnite is available via the App Store for iOS users, but Epic has declined to use the Google Play Store because it wants to maintain its "direct relationship" with fans.

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There are many reasons the company may wish to do this, but as we pointed out at the time, chief among them could be the desire to avoid Google's hefty 30 percent Play Store revenue cut. Now, we asked in full recognition that Android has been left behind by Fortnite. But just how big is the security risk? Malware and spyware developers have been posting fake Android downloads for "Fortnite" for months, even blatantly advertising them on places like YouTube. Sweeney doesn't seem to anxious about this, saying that "Gamers have proven able to adopt safe software practices, and gaming has thrived on the open PC platform through many sources".

But so far, Android users have been unable to get in on the action.

The ideal solution is of course would be two-fold: Google scales back its 30 per cent money grab in order to make some money rather than no money; and Epic puts some of its vast profits into a cyber-security educational effort for the young people playing its game.

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