Fortnite Mobile Won't Be Available on Google Play Store, EPIC Reveals Why

Aug 04, 2018, 02:15
Fortnite Mobile Won't Be Available on Google Play Store, EPIC Reveals Why

Instead of nabbing the battle royale title from the Google Play store like normal, Android users will need to manually download a file from Epic's official Fortnite website and install the game that way. 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.

Epic Games' Fortnite for Android is about to be a disaster of a launch from the get-go.

Source code deciphering done by some XDA Developers users (EDIT: Apparently Reddit user thesbros) found some very interesting factoids about the Fortnite release on Android.

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While Fortnite did get its mobile debut on the iOS App Store, the game will be going in a different direction for its Android launch.

"Fortnite brings the game's full PC and console experience to Android", he says.

"Fortnite will be coming to all Android devices that are capable of running it stably and with good performance", Sweeney asserted. The reality of the situation is that the Android OS is open enough to allow companies like Epic Games to invest in rolling their own solution for installing apps without any significant impact, other than potentially the discoverability benefits that the Play Store offers. For one, Epic has a storied history of "direct to customer" distribution, especially with Fortnite. Considering the huge cost of running millions of constant online games that is a model that shouldn't make sense but Epic has been quite brilliant in how it makes money from the game: it allows players to buy in-game currency that then allows you to customize how your characters look in the game, and it charges "battle passes" - now $10 - that open up a wide variety of fun challenges within the game with rewards for their completion.

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Fortnite developer Epic Games has yet to comment on this report, but the team did announce on Friday that Fortnite will not be available through the Google Play store. 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. That's not the case on Android, though, which lets you install apps from unknown sources fairly easily.

It is a virtual certainty that scammer and cybercriminals will use the decision to develop and promote fake versions of the game, in the expectation that unknowing users will download and install their malware.

Mr Sweeney said gamers had proved they were "able to adopt safe software practices".

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However, there's quite a big catch in that it won't be available to download on the Google Play Store. 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. You should look carefully at the source of software you're installing, and only install software from sources you trust.

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