Not Having ‘Fortnite’ Could Cost Google At Least $50 Million This Year

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"Fortnite" launched on iOS in March and it's made more than $180 on that platform so far. The registration requires you to create an Epic Games account or sign in with your existing account if you have played the game previously on a console or iOS device. After downloading the game, the game posts a notification to users reminding them to; "make their device as secure as possible"; by disabling the permission settings which had to be changed to allow the game to be downloaded in the first place.

The launch of Fortnite on Android coincided with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S9 last week.

Fortnite is free-to-play, so there are no costs involved when you download the game. When users search for "fortnite" on Google Play, they're now presented with a special message reading "Fortnite Battle Royale by Epic Games, Inc is not available on Google Play".

That Google felt the need to insert a specific warning for "fortnite" searches on Google Play suggests heavy search interest in the ultra-popular game among Android users (Google has yet to respond to a request for comment from Ars Technica on this matter). "You should look carefully at the source of software you're installing, and only install software from sources you trust".

Fortnite players will have to click on the link on the website and download the full version of Fortnite to their device.

To get started, visit fortnite.com/android on an Android device. Of course, the company has measures in place that are supposed to stop fake versions of apps making their way to the store - or at least getting them removed quickly - but we've seen time and time again that these measures fail, thereby putting Android users at risk.

This method of download opens Android users up to scammers and potentially risky links to get the game.

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