Epic Games will make Fortnite's launcher for Android device available from its official website, which can be users to then install the game on their Android devices. But the developer has now confirmed that to actually play it, they'll have to go outside Google's Play Store distribution service.
"It's a high cost in a world where game developers' 70 percent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games", he said.
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.
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".
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While Fortnite did get its mobile debut on the iOS App Store, the game will be going in a different direction for its Android launch. There is now no set date for when Fortnite Android will become available, but based on the game's massive popularity, it's sure to be a hit.
In short, Fortnite is simply the Big Game of the moment.
On Android, would-be Fortnite players will need to navigate to Epic's website to download an APK that will prompt users to adjust their security settings specific to that one file and then download the game in full.
Epic Games announced that its highly-popular Fortnite game will soon be available for Android, but it will not come through the Google Play Store.
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As expected, the main reason why Fortnite won't be distributed via the Play Store is financial.
Ars was unable to confirm the legitimacy of the image, but XDA's report cites the final sentence, about app installation, by reprinting the source code that it pulled up on Sunday. 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. However, this behemoth is entirely funded through in-app purchases. That would certainly make sense given the decision to bypass the Google Play Store. Google recommends users stick with Google Play-downloaded apps because they've already done all the security checks users should go through before loading an app.
The game is expected to launch in beta some time during August. It is also available on the iPhone and iPad via Apple's app store, where Apple takes a 30% cut of sales.
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