Fortnite Is Ditching the Google Play Store

Fortnite is perhaps the most popular game in the world right now, and its impending release on Android is sure to grow its already massive user base even more. Of course, you're probably still going to play Fortnite on PC, but Epic's philosophy around distribution on "open platforms" also applies to their approach on computers - and reinforces just how big Fortnite has become.

"Epic wants to have a direct relationship with our customers on all platforms where that's possible", Sweeney told The Verge.

Fortnite developer Epic Games has yet to comment on this report, but the team did announce on Friday that Fortnite will not be available through the Google Play store.

Despite the unusal move to avoid the Play Store, Sweeney doesn't think fans will have a hard time finding the game. Although it does mean that those on iOS will be getting a slightly different experience, as updates can be pushed out faster to the Android version, without having to wait for any approvals. It will be as good as a round of Russian Roulette for people attempting to play Fortnite on anything other than the Note 9. There's a significant financial motivation to bypass the Google Play Store as well.

In a Q&A with Eurogamer, Epic's Tim Sweeney dished on the company's reasoning for doing so. Depending on your Android version, you may have to venture into your phone's security settings, enable "Unknown sources", and disregard Google's warnings about the potential dangers you're about to unleash.

Epic does the same thing on the PC, where it uses its own installation program instead of the more ubiquitous Steam downloader, for essentially the same reason. "Of the roughly 2500 million Android devices, we estimate around 300 million are Fortnite-ready". This isn't allowed on iOS so the developer has no choice but to distribute the game through the App Store.

Looking to pick up Fortnite on Android? Sweeney confirmed that Epic is aware of these issues in his interview with EuroGamer, but boasted of Android users' "freedom to install the software they choose", and cautioned them to download only from trusted sources. When it does hit Android, EPIC wants to make sure that all of those profits make their way back to the company without passing through Google's pocket first.

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