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Fortnite For Android APK Download To Bypass Google Play Release

04 August, 2018, 02:12 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • Fortnite Mobile Won't Be Available on Google Play Store, EPIC Reveals Why

Earlier today, Epic Games confirmed that when Fortnite launches on Android, it will be distributed via Epic's own website, rather than the Google Play Store.

The move appears to be financially motivated, as Epic Games will not have to share the profits they make from in-game V-Bucks sales on Android with Google.

The 30% store tax is a high cost in a world where game developers' 70% must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games.

As for potential security risks or scams, 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".

Epic Games also suggests that it would enabled the company to have a more direct relationship with their customers, and he intends to take advantage of that on the platforms where this is possible.

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney notes that with the Android operating system, there is "a huge variety of OS versions and also a much wider range of hardware specs than any other device family".

Fortnite has been available on Apple's iOS platform - installable on iPhone and iPad - for quite some time now.

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When Fortnite for Android finally arrives, you won't be getting it from the Play Store.

The studio has not yet announced when the game will arrive on Android.

Players will instead have to use a separate installer provided by Epic to download the game directly from the Fortnite website. Fortnite for iOS is available through the App Store, but that's because Epic doesn't have any other distribution channels on Apple's locked-down platform.

We don't know how this will affect Fortnite, its audience, or even the Android app ecosystem as a whole.

It is a virtual certainty that scammer and cybercriminals will use the decision to develop and promote fake versions of the game, in the expectation that unknowing users will download and install their malware. 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". Epic Games has chose to not distribute the game through the Google Play Store for financial reasons. Sweeney doesn't seem to anxious about this, saying that "Gamers have proven able to adopt safe software practices, and gaming has thrived on the open PC platform through many sources".

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

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