Confirmed: Epic Games won’t distribute Fortnite Mobile on Android via Google Play

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

The fact that Epic is so focused on high-end Android devices is perhaps why Fortnite Android is rumored to be exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 at launch.

Android apps can be installed either via the Play Store, which is essentially the same as Apple's App Store and offers a huge amount of built-in protection and security, or they can be installed in a process called side-loading.

The news confirms rumours that began circulating earlier in the week, but it remains to be seen how much of an encumbrance this direct distribution model will be for Android users. This cut includes any in-app purchases, which is primarily how Fortnite makes money.

On Monday we reported that Epic, the creator of popular Battle Royale title Fortnite, could be planning to circumvent the Google Play Store with the game's Android release.

In order for Android users to be able to play Fortnite, they'll have to first download the app from Epic Games' website, and then check to enable installing apps from unknown sources when that particular Android prompt appears.

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Fortnite is already available to download on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch via each platform's official store.

The global smash-hit and critically acclaimed Fortnite for mobile is making its way to Android but not in a manner of which you would expect.

Mr Sweeney said Google's 30% "store tax" was a "high cost in a world where game developers' 70% must cover all the cost of developing, operating and supporting their games".

According to Sweeney, the specific reasonings behind the decision are that the company wishes to maintain a "direct relationship" with customers in relation to Fortnite and its available platforms.

Ars was unable to confirm the legitimacy of the image, but XDA's report cites the final sentence, about app installation, by reprinting the source code that it pulled up on Sunday. Shortly after its iOS release, the game has raked in millions of dollars in revenue. As such, says the Epic executive, "any device from up to three years ago with a high-end GPU should run the game pretty well". "30 percent is disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform, such as payment processing, download bandwidth, and customer service", the Epic CEO said. The rewards are visible to other users and act as social currency within the game. We believe gamers will benefit from competition among software sources on Android. It is also available on the iPhone and iPad via Apple's app store, where Apple takes a 30% cut of sales.

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