Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

With Fortnite's Android Release, Epic Will Skip Google Play

With Fortnite's Android Release, Epic Will Skip Google Play

For those unfamiliar with Digital Wellbeing, this is a feature that allows users to keep tabs on how they are using their phones with graphs and statistics aimed at helping them have a better understanding of whether they are using their devices, or specific apps, too often.

Just fire up the Play Store on your phone, and search for "Fortnite Mobile" or some variation on the name to get the message. The company feels that the game is so popular that eventually Android users with compatible handsets will flock to its website to install Fortnite, even without a Play Store listing. Perhaps the developer intends to profit from the first early wave of adopters, which will be massive given the time users have waited for the game to arrive on Android. Now, the game is available from the App Store.

Spotted by Reddit users (via 9to5Google), Google is now somewhat acknowledging the fact that Fortnite is not available on Google Play. In just one year, it's amassed 125 million players including celebrities like Drake, Joe Jonas, Finn Wolfhard, and even Roseanne Barr. Epic has to share 30 percent of those purchases made on iOS devices with Apple due to the terms of the App Store. With the option on Android to release its app without going through Google's official channel, they also skip having to give Google a slice of the in-game purchase pie. Fortnite Android is one of - if not the - most talked about apps available today, and the battle royale trend has been around for a while.

Epic had previously confirmed that Fortnite Battle Royale for Android would not be launched on the Google Play Store, and would instead be made available via other means.

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