Fortnite for Android is going to bypass the Google Play Store

04 August, 2018, 02:11 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Fortnite Mobile Won't Be Available on Google Play Store, EPIC Reveals Why

In order to ensure that Fortnite is the same game on all platforms - including consoles and high-end PCs - Epic has specifically focused on "high-end Android devices". Whether or not this will come to fruition remains to be seen, but for a phone maker with declining sales looking to make a splash, Samsung turning the Galaxy Note 9 into the exclusive home of the biggest game in the world is a smart play.

Last week, we heard a rumor that Fortnite for Android might be an exclusive for owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, at least at first.

KitGuru Says: There's no set release date for Fortnite on Android yet, but Epic is certainly keeping things interesting with moves like this. This cut includes any in-app purchases, which is primarily how Fortnite makes money. The reality of the situation is that the Android OS is open enough to allow companies like Epic Games to invest in rolling their own solution for installing apps without any significant impact, other than potentially the discoverability benefits that the Play Store offers. This is a departure from the iOS release of the game, which is available on Apple's App Store. Users of Android devices are targeted en masse when it comes to new games - especially when those games are inevitably massively popular.

Sweeney explained that that 30 percent cut is a lot when the developers' 70 percent has to cover the costs of development, operations, and support for their game.

Epic Games' chief executive Tim Sweeney said 30% was "disproportionate" to the contribution Google made.

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It is a virtual certainty that scammer and cybercriminals will use the decision to develop and promote fake versions of the game, in the expectation that unknowing users will download and install their malware.

With people playing the game so regularly due to it being free and time-limited, soon enough players are driven to pay to select their appearance and to carry out different challenges. That means distributing the software directly to them, taking payment through Mastercard, Visa, Paypal, and other options, and not having a store take 30 percent.

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

As for potential security risks or scams, Sweeney said "Open platforms are an expression of freedom: the freedom of users to install the software they choose, and the freedom of developers to release software as they wish".

Android gamers have been itching to get their hands on Fortnite ever since the game made the jump to iOS back in April.


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