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

Doris Richards
August 11, 2018

We can only assume that when the game leaves beta, it will be available to any Android device that can handle it. Perhaps as a precautionary measure, Google has started to mentioned directly on the Play Store that Fortnite is unavailable for download - in order to prevent users from downloading fake apps.

Malicious developers have already been targeting Android users looking to download Fortnite.

In response, Google has a new warning on the Play Store letting gamers know that Fortnite is not available. That's easy to do if you're a Fortnite fan with an iOS device. The game will appear in the Samsung Game Launcher and in the Galaxy Apps store. However, for Android users, that won't be an option. App research firm Sensor Tower says that from now through the end of the year, Epic's end run around the Play Store will cost Google $50 million or more in lost platform fees.

Because there are no Android servers yet, this is the only way for Android players to get into a live game now. Epic has to share 30 percent of those purchases made on iOS devices with Apple due to the terms of the App Store.

Malware could infect Android users looking to play Fortnite in a myriad of ways. But you can still install Android Pie right now via AOSP ROM. Developer "argraur" has successfully ported Android 9.0 Pie for the Nexus 5x.

While this move will make Epic Games more money than otherwise, it will also set up a unsafe precedent for Google.

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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