Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Fortnite for Android goes "off market"

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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.

Spotted by Reddit users (via 9to5Google), Google is now somewhat acknowledging the fact that Fortnite is not available on Google Play.

XDA-Developers explains that when people sign up to the beta, their Pixel downloads an app that replaces a placeholder app, making everything work just fine.

The reason the company behind Fortnite has chose to release the game on Android without the Play store is simple: money. Additionally, to download files outside of Play Store requires users to tinker around with security permissions.

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Epic Games and Samsung also provided a list of devices that will be compatible with Fortnite Beta.

Google isn't very happy about this as they seem to put Fortnite's main competitor PUBG at the top of search results when someone searches for the aforementioned game. Look closely at that message and one will notice that Fortnite Battle Royale is spelled incorrectly, as the word "Royal" is missing an "e". The game will instead be available from Epic's servers cutting Google out completely.

The game, for now, is available exclusively on Samsung devices through the company's app store. Epic will also offer downloads of the game on its website in the coming days for most Android smartphones. According to the developer, this decision was made in part to bypass the 30% "store tax" that would normally be applied to purchases made on Google Play. Epic probably thinks that having the most popular game in the world gives it enough reach to go its own way.

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