Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Fortnite For Android APK Download To Bypass Google Play Release

Fortnite For Android APK Download To Bypass Google Play Release

Today EPIC Games confirmed the rumor that Fortnite Mobile will not be available for Android users to download from the Google Play store. By distributing the game on their own site, Epic will be able to retain all revenue. It's a high cost in a world where game developers' 70 percent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games.

Though players are opened up to security risks on open platforms, Sweeney says gamers have shown they're up to the responsibility that comes with using one.

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. On smartphones, however, Blizzard distributes its card game Hearthstone through the Google Play and Apple stores just like any other app. There is now no set date for when Fortnite Android will become available, but based on the game's massive popularity, it's sure to be a hit. There's still no set date for when the game will launch on Android.

Unsurprisingly, there are also financial justifications behind this decision, as Epic Games will not have to pay Google the standard 30% cut for every purchase made within the app. Fortnite - a free-to-play game - thrives on in-app purchases, and Epic doesn't want to give away more than a quarter of its profits to Google. But the bigger reason behind the move could be to do with the 30% revenue cut on the Google Play Store.

The fact is that Epic has a choice and it doesn't have to play Google's game (its iOS game on the other hand is only available through Apple's app store thanks to Apple's controlling approach).

Ars was unable to confirm the legitimacy of the image, but XDA's report cites the final sentence, about app installation, by reprinting the source code that it pulled up on Sunday.

Google also wants people using Google Play because using Google Play makes Google earn money. The game dominates social media on YouTube and Twitch, and it's so popular with teenagers and school-age children that the iOS version caused a brief panic among teachers and parents when it bowed earlier this year, a la Pokemon Go.

Of course, there is another way of looking at it: it could prove to be a useful "teachable moment" for a generation of users who have grown used to assuming that all software is safe and you can run anything on your device. Given the success of the PC and console version of the game, it was only a matter of time before it made its way to mobile platforms.

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