Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Fortnite Android Release Is Coming, But Not Through The Google Play Store

Fortnite Android Release Is Coming, But Not Through The Google Play Store

Instead, the game will be available via the official Fortnite website instead, where players can simply download a special installer that will get the game loaded onto their devices. 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.

Secondly, the fact that Epic has chosen to skip Google Play will not stop people using Google Play as their first port of call for the game. That's astounding, considering that the game hasn't even come to Android yet.

According to Epic CEO Tim Sweeney (as reported by The Verge), there are two main reasons why the company chose to not distribute Fortnite through Google's store. Epic is now working on a delivery method for Chinese customers. "We believe gamers will benefit from competition among software sources on Adnroid. Competition among services gives consumers lots of great choices and enables the best to succeed based on merit".

Users can now visit the main website and download the Fortnite launched, which will allow them to download the game onto their device.

But EPIC's motives aren't purely altruistic. As such it didn't make sense for the company to go with Google Play. Pretty much every major digital distribution platform, whether it is Steam, Playstation Store or the Xbox Marketplace, each take a cut from the revenue generated by the products sold on their services. Sweeney doesn't deny it. The JSON output from querying this API is what led us to find the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 pre-order promotion which will net users 15,000 V-Bucks. In other words, additional Galaxy devices will gain access to Fortnite, but not all Android devices.

Downloading an app outside the Google Play app store isn't something most users have done. Now, Epic's Tim Sweeney has confirmed that information, calling Google's store tax a "high" and unnecessary cost in the mobile game industry. Unlike iOS, Android users can download and install APK files outside of the approved app store, though there are some extra steps to doing so. That amounts to a significant cut, considering Fortnite made $100 million on iOS alone in its first 90 days of availability. They may be worthwhile for small developers, but not for a company like Epic, who knows how to handle payment processing, customer service, and allotting download bandwidth.

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