Fortnite's Android Release Will Skip Google Play

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If Epic Games finds that the economic benefits outweigh any issues that arise from being MIA in the Play store, perhaps other Android video game and app developers will seek to go around Google, regardless of the security risk to its own users.

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.

Fortnite is one of the most popular games out right now and Google is certainly missing out on a lot of revenue as Epic Games' biggest hit will not be available on the Google Play Store. To ensure everyone knows it seems Google has taken steps to advise people the app is not available on Google Play when they search for it. He also shared a screengrab of the Play Store message on his August 9 post. You can toggle these apps on to permanently stay in your app drawer or just add a simple home screen shortcut. The game will appear in the Samsung Game Launcher and in the Galaxy Apps store. Apple doesn't allow app downloads from anywhere but the official App Store on its mobile devices.

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Epic Games and Samsung also provided a list of devices that will be compatible with Fortnite Beta.

The message doesn't actually tell users where they can "safely" download the game, nor the status of the game as a beta, and as an exclusive for Samsung devices for the time being. Following Fortnite's success on Android other game developers will also follow suit.

The message that pops up says that "Fortnite Battle Royal by Epic Games, Inc is not available on Google Play".

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