'Fortnite' to increase profits on Android by bypassing Google Play

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

Epic Games has announced that it will not be using Google Play to distribute Fortnite when it becomes available on the Android operating system. But the developer has now confirmed that to actually play it, they'll have to go outside Google's Play Store distribution service.

"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", Sweeney said. Open platforms are an expression of freedom: the freedom of users to install the software they choose, and the freedom of developers to release software as they wish. In order to ensure that Fortnite is the same game on all platforms - including consoles and high-end PCs - Epic has specifically focused on "high-end Android devices". 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 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.

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When Fortnite comes to Android, you won't be able to download it through the Google Play app store.

Distributing the app outside of the Play Store is a risky move due to the potential security concerns.

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.

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Fortnite is one of the most popular games around right now, so regardless of its release strategy, it will find an audience. ut it will be interesting to see how the game performs outside of the Play Store - and whether or not this is a sign of things to come.

Epic wants to have a "direct relationship" with its users whenever possible, Sweeney said.

However, novice users are typically discouraged from doing so, because apps from unknown sources could pose a security risk. Google takes 30% of all Play Store revenue for themselves.

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But so far, Android users have been unable to get in on the action. 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. 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".

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