So many Android gamers worldwide are raptly waiting for the release of Fortnite for Android. However, Epic Games has confirmed that the game will not be available on the Google Play Store.
So, does this mean that Android users will not be able to play the game? Of course not. The catch is that when the game is finally released for Android, you will have to download it directly from the Epic Games website. Apparently, the process is similar to downloading it on PC.
The CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney encourages users to be very careful so as not to download fake versions. In a Question and Answer session with Eurogamer, he said:
You should look carefully at the source of software you’re installing, and only install software from sources you trust.
This is an extremely important advice, considering that a lot of people may rush to the Google Play Store to search for Fortnite, knowing that the store is trusted. Although, we have to remind you that more than one million people once downloaded a fake WhatsApp app from the Play Store.
There is a rumor that the game will be released in tandem with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. However, it is not yet totally clear what kind of phone you would need to run the game. In an interview with VentureBeat though, Sweeney said:
Fortnite is going to work on high-end Android devices. Of the 2.5 billion Android devices in the world or so, 300 million will run it well.
Talking about why the company is cutting out Google as a middle man for the release of the game on Android, Sweeney had this to say:
We’re trying to make our software available to users in as economically efficient a way as possible. That means distributing the software directly to them, taking payment through Mastercard, Visa, Paypal, and other options, and not having a store take 30 percent. If you look at it, the stores on the smartphone platforms actually do very little. They’ll put ads up in front of your game. When you search for Fortnite on iOS you’ll often get PUBG or Minecraft ads. Whoever bought that ad in front of us is the top result when searching for Fortnite. It’s just a bad experience.
So far, Fortnite on iOS has achieved so much success, with Epic Games earning $15 million from it in three weeks. The question is how much of the success is as a result of the ease of downloading it from the App Store as opposed to this development for Android users. However, with the popularity of the game, and the high expectation by Android users, the process of downloading it directly from Epic Games may not be so much trouble.
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