Fortnite for Android Will Not Release on Google’s Play Store

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

This is consistent with what Epic has done with Fortnite on PC and Mac, having bypassed Steam and used their own installer and launcher to deliver the game and its contents to players. This forced Epic Games to release Fortnite through the App Store for iPhone and iPad and give Apple a 30 percent cut for all IAPs made by players inside the game.

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. Fortnite has to be downloaded through official platform channels on iOS, Xbox, PlayStation, and Switch...but that's because those platforms don't have any other way for software to be installed-no officially-recognized "side loading" that ordinary users can access immediately.

So why exactly is Fortnite ditching the Google Play Store? Epic has given two reasons for this move, the first is that they want a "more direct" connection with its audience - similar to how Epic Games handles Fortnite on PC.

That information came from source code within Fortnite's website which revealed instructions prompting Android users to download Fortnite through their browser rather than the Play Store.

Sweeney goes on to explain that the version of Android that a device is running isn't a "determining factor".

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In a Q&A with Eurogamer, Epic's Tim Sweeney dished on the company's reasoning for doing so. And while paying a cut to a partner makes more sense on consoles when that partner has big investments in hardware and marketing, things are different on mobile.

"On open platforms, 30 per cent is disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform, such as payment processing, download bandwidth, and customer service".

Sweeney was also one of the original and most vocal critics of the Microsoft Store and the Universal Windows Platform, arguing that they would enable Microsoft to control what apps and games Windows users can install on their machines.

To us, this makes ideal sense, but it does open up players to a world of fake APKs that could potentially harm devices.

However, these platforms are tightly controlled, and make it hard for people to install software from unofficial sources.

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