Fortnite for Android Not Coming to Google Play: Epic Games

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney confirmed today that Fortnite for Android will not be offered in Google's Play Store. After launching on iOS back in April, the phenomenally popular battle royale game is coming to Android devices this summer, and the developer has now revealed that the game won't be available through the Google Play store like most other games for the platform.

Google has a more open philosophy and allows Android users to download and run third-party apps, but its Google Play store is still the main source of apps for user - a fact reflected in the fact it can continue to take a 30 per cent cut of revenue. It also helps that I play Fortnite on a daily basis, so this news hits close to home for me.

If Epic has the means to do that, it makes sense, because the company will have more control over distribution, both of the game itself and updates.

The game is free to play, although gamers can choose to buy cosmetic customisations such as clothes and dance moves for their character. Considering the iOS version of Fornite made over Dollars $15 million since its release 3 weeks ago, there's a lot of cash to be made.

To us, this makes flawless sense, but it does open up players to a world of fake APKs that could potentially harm devices.

People playing Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch at E3 2018. That's not the case on Android, though, which lets you install apps from unknown sources fairly easily. For instance, instead of distributing Fortnite through Steam, the firm has its own launcher on Windows. Now, we asked in full recognition that Android has been left behind by Fortnite.

Fortnite for iOS is available in the App Store because there's not really any other way for iOS users to get apps. With the biggest game in the world asking millions of players to bypass vital security measures built into Android, the potential for obfuscation and abuse is unlimited. It's a fairly reasonable guess that Fortnite for Android will launch sometime in mid-September. Since that was the only information available at the time, the assumption was that after that 30-day period, anyone would be able to download and install the game. Make no mistake: with this decision, Epic is trading its players' security for in-game profit.



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