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Fortnite coming to Android, but sidestepping Google Play Store

Fortnite coming to Android, but sidestepping Google Play Store

Earlier today, Epic Games confirmed that when Fortnite launches on Android, it will be distributed via Epic's own website, rather than the Google Play Store.

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. According to the developer, this decision was made in part to bypass the 30% "store tax" that would normally be applied to purchases made on Google Play.

Reports estimate that Epic Games' free-to-play shooter Fortnite racks up millions of dollars per day, and that number may continue to grow with the game's promised expansion to Android devices. This is a departure from the iOS release of the game, which is available on Apple's App Store.

Epic Games and Samsung will enforce this "Samsung only" exclusive period by requiring the launch of Fortnite through the Game Launcher on compatible Samsung devices.

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In brief, it could be up to four months before anyone who doesn't own a Samsung phone can play Fortnite for Android.

However, there's quite a big catch in that it won't be available to download on the Google Play Store. Fortnite for iOS is available through the App Store, but that's because Epic doesn't have any other distribution channels on Apple's locked-down platform. First, Epic wants to have a "direct relationship" with its customers, claiming the "Internet and the digital revolution" has made that process easier than ever. That's not the case on Android, though, which lets you install apps from unknown sources fairly easily. One of the reasons why Pokemon GO ended support for some iOS devices is because developer Niantic wanted to keep pushing the experience further. Google recommends users stick with Google Play-downloaded apps because they've already done all the security checks users should go through before loading an app. However, Sweeney doesn't think installing Fortnite from an external source will present any security risks for users.

"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", he says, adding that gaming has been successful on the open PC platform through many outlets including Steam, Battle.net, Riot Games, Good old Games, and EpicGames.com. Lastly, the CEO states that Android's permission system will help protect users by informing them of what an app will be allowed to do.


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