Google Acknowledges Epic’s ‘Fortnite’ Isn’t On The Play Store

11 August, 2018, 18:38 | Author: Sergio Cook
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Epic Games is releasing the mega-popular Fortnite for Android in an unconventional way: it is bypassing the Google Play Store.

Epic confirmed to GameSpot that Android users will not be able to download Fortnite on their devices from Google's digital store, but rather through its own service. The game will appear in the Samsung Game Launcher and in the Galaxy Apps store. I will be writing up this solution once I've had time to test it. Unlike most developers who rely on the Google Play Store for distribution of their apps, Epic feels that Fortnite can draw enough interest to allow them to avoid needing a third party distributor. Following Fortnite's success on Android other game developers will also follow suit.

Samsung's exclusive rights to the Fortnite for Android beta will expire on August 13, after which the beta will open to dozens of more Android devices. Additionally, to download files outside of Play Store requires users to tinker around with security permissions. It's a big pie for Epic games, which has made over $1 Billion in revenue from in-app Fortnite purchases (for both PC and mobile ) by the start of this month. This is likely to deter developers from creating apps with the word "Fortnite" in the title to take advantage of the confusion over the release.

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The userbase of Android is much higher than iOS so even if the Google Play Store doesn't charge fees as high as Apple, its still a huge loss for the company, at least $50 million as suggested by data analysts.

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