Fortnite Is Ditching the Google Play Store

04 August, 2018, 02:14 | Author: Shannon Newton
  • Fortnite Mobile Won't Be Available on Google Play Store, EPIC Reveals Why

That's the Samsung exclusivity deal, which suggests that the biggest game on the world right now would only be available on Galaxy Note 9 for a period of 30 days.

KitGuru Says: There's no set release date for Fortnite on Android yet, but Epic is certainly keeping things interesting with moves like this.

Epic Games is confident about Fortnite for Android being as popular on the platform as it is on iOS. That allows Epic to make more money on each purchase in the free-to-play game, but it means that users will have to go through a somewhat unconventional process to download and install it. Earlier today, we got confirmation that Fortnite will not be available on the Google Play Store; instead, users will download and install the game directly from Epic by enabling app installations from unknown sources in their Android device settings. On smartphones, however, Blizzard distributes its card game Hearthstone through the Google Play and Apple stores just like any other app. It's a fairly reasonable guess that Fortnite for Android will launch sometime in mid-September. First, we want to have a direct relationship with our customers wherever we can.

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It's also worth mentioning that Fortnite has also been globally successful on all platforms from a monetization perspective by managing to claw in over $1 billion in revenue for Epic Games.

Game maker Epic's decision not to go through Google's official app store - which is simple to access through Android phones - is due to Google taking a 30 per cent cut of revenue. 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.

We don't know how this will affect Fortnite, its audience, or even the Android app ecosystem as a whole. Epic Games is now exploring the option of including Fortnite on various third-party stores in China, but it has nothing to announce at this time.

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The game is expected to launch in beta some time during August.

The multiplayer shooter is available on iOS systems like the iPad and iPhone as well as traditional video game consoles like the Nintendo Switch. Epic's CEO isn't concerned, however, as he states that gamers "have proven able to adopt safe software practices" and, as evidence, states that "gaming has thrived on the open PC platform through many sources". The Cupertino company does not allow for installation of apps and games from any other third-party source other than the App Store.

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