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When Fortnite for Android Launches, You Won't Find It on Google Play

03 August 2018

Fortnite for Android will launch as a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 exclusive and will then remain a Samsung Galaxy phone exclusive for another two to three months, according to a source speaking to AndroidHeadlines. There's still no set date for when the game will launch on Android. "The 30 percent store tax is a high cost in a world where game developers' 70 percent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games".

30 percent is disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform, such as payment processing, download bandwidth, and customer service.

Fortnite is already available on the Apple store after launching in April. "We're intimately familiar with these costs from our experience operating Fortnite as a direct-to-customer service on PC and Mac".

The most likely reason to keep Fortnite out of Google's Play Store is because Google demands a 30 percent cut for every paid app or paid feature of an app. Fortnite is a free-to-play game, but it offers plenty of in-game purchases in the form of V-Bucks.

However, novice users are typically discouraged from doing so, because apps from unknown sources could pose a security risk. 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. Instead, Android users will be tasked with downloading the game directly from Epic's website, something possible but not explicitly common for major Android apps.

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.

Download and install Fortnite through your browser.

Distributing the app outside of the Play Store is a risky move due to the potential security concerns.

However, these platforms are tightly controlled, and make it hard for people to install software from unofficial sources. (That sentence does not appear in the site's source code as of press time.) We have reached out to Epic to ask about the legitimacy of XDA's report. But that's not necessarily a hint to specific Android device support.