Fortnite's Android release will dodge the Google Play Store, developer Epic confirms

Rather than being uploaded to Google Play and being offered through the Play Store, Epic Games is essentially rolling out its own Fortnite app store in an effort to bank the 30% that would generally go to Google.

"The 30 percent store tax is a high cost in a world where game developers' 70 percent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games", said Sweeney. That's reasonable for consoles, but not for open platforms like Android, according to Sweeney.

Sweeney says Epic has chatted to Google about their shared goal of keeping players safe on the platform and that, along with the issue of money, the move is motivated by the company's love of open platforms and the drive to have a "direct relationship" with customers on as many platforms as possible. With a huge and ostensibly trustworthy game publisher instructing its players to disable the outside sources security check on their phones, malware distributors need only expend a tiny amount of effort to make their previously shady-looking security bypass look like Epic's legitimate instructions on how to play the game. Rumors have begun to heat up about exactly when Android players will get to play, but one interesting tidbit has already escaped from Epic's servers: how they'll play the game. There's still no set date for when the game will launch on Android. Epic Games has made a decision to not distribute the game through the Google Play Store for financial reasons. Now, we know what to expect: the popular battle royale game could take a long while to arrive to other Android devices like the Google Pixel, LG series or OnePlus.

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The lengthy FAQ can be found at Eurogamer-but it doesn't include an answer to the million-dollar question of exactly when Fortnite will launch on Android for public consumption, nor exactly which hardware it will be compatible with at launch.

But so far, Android users have been unable to get in on the action. For one, Epic has a storied history of "direct to customer" distribution, especially with Fortnite. However, the company would not have been able to take a similar approach to the game's release on iOS due to restrictions imposed by Apple. Lastly, he states that Android's permission system will help protect users by informing them of what an app will be allowed to do. If you look at it, the stores on the smartphone platforms actually do very little.

With people playing the game so regularly due to it being free and time-limited, soon enough players are driven to pay to select their appearance and to carry out different challenges.

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