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

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

An APK for Fortnite on Android has been leaked, allowing some players to play the game on their Android devices before it has officially released. The game will appear in the Samsung Game Launcher and in the Galaxy Apps store. According to the developer, this decision was made in part to bypass the 30% "store tax" that would normally be applied to purchases made on Google Play. No-name developers often blatantly rip off aspects of popular games like their names and app icons off, misleading people who don't know better to install them. Leaving this security setting off (as inevitably many will) will leave many Fortnite players susceptible to malware that harm their device.

Malicious developers have already been targeting Android users looking to download Fortnite. There's only one title (Battle Breakers), and it's not available yet.

Fortnite is the biggest mobile game release since Pokemon GO, but unlike Pokemon GO, you can't download it from the Google Play Store. And you get first dibs with the beta if you own a Samsung device - a list that includes its flagship Galaxy S9 / S9 Plus (and its predecessors, the S8 / S8 Plus); the Note8 (and the just-announced Galaxy Note9, when it arrives later this month); as well as the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and Tab S3. However, for Android users, that won't be an option. Up until now, non-Samsung owners couldn't even download the game, let alone play it.

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The reason the company behind Fortnite has chose to release the game on Android without the Play store is simple: money.

Malware could infect Android users looking to play Fortnite in a myriad of ways. Malware can also come bundled with the actual official Android version of the game downloaded from an unofficial third-party. Fortnite Android is one of - if not the - most talked about apps available today, and the battle royale trend has been around for a while.

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