Fortnite for Android Will Not Release on Google’s Play Store

Fortnite Mobile Won't Be Available on Google Play Store, EPIC Reveals Why

Fortnite Is Ditching the Google Play Store

Shortly after its iOS release, the game has raked in millions of dollars in revenue. 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.

Epic Games' CEO, Tim Sweeney, told The Verge that the 30 percent cut that platforms such as the Apple App Store and Google's Play Store charge is a disproportionate amount compared to the payment processing, download bandwidth and customer service they offer.

Epic's sidestepping of the verified Play Store system will make it even more hard for inexperienced users to spot these fake versions of the game when Fortnite arrives on Android legitimately.

Fortnite developer Epic Games will ask players to go through this process in order to play the game on Android. The great thing about the internet and digital revolution is that this is possible, now that physical storefronts and middlemen distributors are no longer required. 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. Epic Games would have to cough up 30% of all IAP revenue to Google if they distributed Fortnite Mobile on Android via the Play Store. Considering the huge cost of running millions of constant online games that is a model that shouldn't make sense but Epic has been quite brilliant in how it makes money from the game: it allows players to buy in-game currency that then allows you to customize how your characters look in the game, and it charges "battle passes" - now $10 - that open up a wide variety of fun challenges within the game with rewards for their completion. The rewards are visible to other users and act as social currency within the game.

Fortnite Battle Royale has become a global hit and has more than 125 million players worldwide. The situation will only deteriorate after the game is released officially. The existing source code does refer to many specific Android models as opposed to offering a blanket "not on Android yet" response to general Android browser metadata.

That is how I envision Android's permission system will help protect users. People will attempt to port it to other devices by modifying the APK.

Fortnite is available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and iOS devices.

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