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

11 August, 2018, 18:42 | Author: Lynette Payne
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The latter bit was a direct appeal to gamers and Epic Games' partnership with Samsung will not go down with Google.

The Fortnite beta for Android was announced yesterday during the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney.

Epic Games is releasing the mega-popular Fortnite for Android in an unconventional way: it is bypassing the Google Play Store. As spotted by a Reddit user, searching for Fortnite or Fortnite Battle Royale will yield a warning saying the game isn't available on the Play Store.

Now, the fundamental difference between iOS and Android, which is open versus closed source will cost Google a hefty amount of money. Below that, the Play Store continues with the normal search results, which includes the competing PUBG mobile battle royale game. This allows Epic to save on the commissions that would otherwise go to Google.

Fortnite for Android beta is now available, but not on the Play Store. Sensor Tower estimates that Apple has made more than $54 million from the game so far via its 30 percent cut of all in-app spending on its store.

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Epic has shared a few more details about the upcoming Android release of Fortnite.

Google has made it easier for Fortnite fans to not fall for fake listings by noting that the game isn't available on Google Play Store yet.

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.

This long waiting time has perhaps lead to some impatience, and thus users are using an APK to download Android Fortnite before it's release. Subsequently, once this wave starts to subside, the company will then bring Fortnite on Play Store.


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