Google Adds Unique Warning That Fortnite is Unavailable on Google Play Store

14 August, 2018, 03:57 | Author: Leah Owens
  • Fortnite for Android reminds users to be safe, and to block installation from unknown sources

In addition to making the game a Samsung exclusive (for a few days, anyway), Epic Games made a decision to bypass Google Play and host APK downloads on its own servers.

It's been less than a week since Samsung announced that Fortnite for Android would be exclusive to its Galaxy devices, but that limited exclusivity is already over.

In a move I've never seen before, and can't find any example of happening in the past, the Google Play Store now directly addresses the lack of Fortnite on the service.

In a nutshell, the issue is that Epic Games distributes Fortnite for Android outside the Play Store, which is a bit unusual; virtually all popular Android apps are on the Play Store, and this does keep users (somewhat) more safe.

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A deal between Samsung and Epic Games previously only allowed a small selection of Samsung device users to experience the Fortnite Beta, however, more players will now have the chance to play. Samsung owners can run it on the Galaxy S7, S8, S9, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, and Tab S4 devices. The app will also be required for updates to the game on Android, just like it is on the Windows platform. This is likely the result of the algorithmically derived similarity between the games and not a specific, manually inserted dig at Epic's similar game. "You should look carefully at the source of software you're installing, and only install software from sources you trust". Plus, distributing "Fortnite" on its own lets Epic avoid Google's 30% cut. In fact, they may not even know that you can get Android apps outside of the Play Store.

This method of download opens Android users up to scammers and potentially risky links to get the game.

However, downloading games from websites could mean players are getting unofficial versions or the links may be corrupted by online scammers.


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