Fortnite's Android Release Will Skip Google Play

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Thing is, the company that created it, Epic Games, just announced that it won't be publishing it via Google Play, the market where most users - in the Western hemisphere, anyway - get most of their apps.

Internet security experts usually urge mobile phone users to only download apps from official stores like Google Play and Apple's App Store.

Google has made it easier for Fortnite fans to not fall for fake listings by noting that the game isn't available on Google Play Store yet.

Because there are no Android servers yet, this is the only way for Android players to get into a live game now. You can toggle these apps on to permanently stay in your app drawer or just add a simple home screen shortcut. The web Play Store does not have this feature, though.

While this move will make Epic Games more money than otherwise, it will also set up a unsafe precedent for Google. Subsequently, once this wave starts to subside, the company will then bring Fortnite on Play Store. Whether this is a mere typo or Google doesn't know how to spell the name of the game is unclear, but it's a somewhat amusing mishap nonetheless. Sensor Tower estimates that Apple has made more than $54 million from the game so far via its 30 percent cut of all in-app spending on its store.

Epic Games' free-to-play multiplatform game just crossed the billion-dollar threshold thanks to in-game purchases where players pay upgrades to customize their characters. Well, the last part is still valid since you can't yet play Fortnite even if you download it on your non-Samsung smartphone unless you've been accepted in the beta.

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