'Fortnite' to increase profits on Android by bypassing Google Play

Fortnite Mobile Won't Be Available on Google Play Store, EPIC Reveals Why

Fortnite Mobile Won't Be Available on Google Play Store, EPIC Reveals Why

The maker of super-hit Fortnite has snubbed Google by deciding to release the Android version of the video game through its own website rather than the Google Play app store.

It's also worth mentioning that Fortnite has also been globally successful on all platforms from a monetization perspective by managing to claw in over $1 billion in revenue for Epic Games.

Sweeney explained that that 30 percent cut is a lot when the developers' 70 percent has to cover the costs of development, operations, and support for their game.

Josh Miller/CNET On open platforms like PC, Mac and Android, Epic's goal is to bring its games directly to customers. With a huge and ostensibly trustworthy game publisher instructing its players to disable the outside sources security check on their phones, malware distributors need only expend a tiny amount of effort to make their previously shady-looking security bypass look like Epic's legitimate instructions on how to play the game. This means that Epic would have released Fortnite the same way on iOS, if only Apple didn't require apps to be vetted before they made it out to the public. "Why not just make the game available direct to users, instead of having the store get between us and our customers and inject all kinds of cruft like that?" argued Sweeney. In other words, additional Galaxy devices will gain access to Fortnite, but not all Android devices.

The Google Play store lets Android users buy and download apps using a simple interface, although Google takes a 30% cut of sales made. Now, we know what to expect: the popular battle royale game could take a long while to arrive to other Android devices like the Google Pixel, LG series or OnePlus.

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, this behemoth is entirely funded through in-app purchases.

Distributing the app outside of the Play Store is a risky move due to the potential security concerns.

The game is expected to launch in beta some time during August.

The developer didn't confirm when the game is going to be released. Samsung may also decide to distribute it through the Galaxy Apps store. You should look carefully at the source of software you're installing, and only install software from sources you trust.

But so far, Android users have been unable to get in on the action.

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