Fortnite is now available on the Google Play Store. After 18 months of offering Fortnite on Android directly from its website, Epic Games has now made it available on Google Play too. But not before telling Google exactly what it thinks of the situation.
Why Was Fortnite Not on the Google Play Store?
In 2018, Epic Games released Fortnite for Android and iOS. However, while Fortnite for iOS was available from the Apple App Store, Epic Games decided to bypass the Google Play Store and release Fortnite for Android from the official Fortnite website instead.
Why? To avoid Google taking a 30 percent cut from the sale of in-app purchases. As the game itself is free-to-play, Epic makes its money on IAPs, and didn’t want to give a chunk of that money to Google for doing nothing other than hosting the game.
How to Download Fortnite From the Google Play Store
Now, 18 months on, Epic Games has decided to release Fortnite on the Google Play Store after all. This is because, according to Epic, “Google puts software downloadable outside of Google Play at a disadvantage, through technical and business measures”.
These measures include “scary, repetitive security pop-ups for downloaded and updated software, restrictive manufacturer and carrier agreements and dealings, Google public relations characterizing third party software sources as malware, and new efforts such as Google Play Protect to outright block software obtained outside the Google Play store.”
Fortnite is now available on the Google Play Store.
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— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 21, 2020
The upshot being that Fortnite is now available to download from the Google Play Store. However, Epic Games is set to continue operating the Epic Games App and keep Fortnite available from sources other than the Google Play Store. Namely, its own website.
Still, this is good news for those people who have avoided playing Fortnite on Android due to the game not being available on Google Play. All you need to do now is get good enough at the game to actually beat the people who have been playing it for years.
Download: Fortnite on Android
How to Download Fortnite From Epic Games
To download Fortnite on Android, you now have two options. You can either head to the Google Play Store and grab it from there, no questions asked. Or you can sideload Fortnite using Epic’s dedicated launcher , with a little help from our guide.
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