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Fortnite on Android Will Bypass Google Play

Dave Parrack 06-08-2018

Epic Games is sticking to its promise that Fortnite on Android is coming Summer 2018 Fortnite on Android Is Coming Summer 2018 Unfortunately for Android owners, Fortnite debuted on iOS. However, Epic Games has now announced when Fortnite is coming to Android. And because we don't do clickbait, the clue is in the title. Read More . However, the company has announced it won’t be releasing Fortnite on Android through Google Play. Instead, gamers will have to download the game from the Fortnite website.


Fortnite is already a very successful game, and especially popular amongst teenagers. And this is before it’s even available on Android, the biggest mobile operating system in the world. However, Epic Games is mixing things up for Fortnite on Android…

Greedy for Fortnite Money

The majority of Android apps, including games, are released through Google Play. This ensures apps are vetted, and makes the installation process simple for Android users. However, it also means Google can cash in by taking a 30 percent cut of in-app purchases.

This has led Epic Games to decide to bypass Google Play entirely when it launches Fortnite on Android later this year. Instead of just installing the game through Google Play, gamers will have to download the Fortnite Installer from the official Fortnite website.

Epic Games’ CEO Tim Sweeney admitted to The Verge that this was partly financial, saying, “The 30 percent store tax is a high cost in a world where game developers’ 70 percent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games.”

However, Sweeney claims the main reason is that “Epic wants to have a direct relationship with our customers on all platforms where that’s possible”. While that’s a noble ambition, there is a risk that cutting Google Play out of the equation will put people’s security at risk.


In order to download apps from anywhere other than Google Play, Android users need to enable the Unknown Sources setting on their phones. And this opens users up to malware and other security risks, as downloading apps from third parties is a risky business.

$1 Billion and Counting

Epic Games IS taking a stand against what it sees as Google’s extortionate cut of in-app purchases. And it has the brand to make this work. However, when Epic Games has already made $1 billion from Fortnite IAPs, it’s difficult to feel sorry for its financial situation.

This is especially true when Fortnite is mostly played by kids, and it’s these kids that are spending their parents’ hard-earned money on in-app purchases. Which is why our guide to Fortnite is aimed at parents Your Kids Are Playing Fortnite: What You Need to Know About It If your children play video games, they're likely playing Fortnite. So what do parents need to know about this game? Here are answers to your questions. Read More , and should be essential reading.

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  1. SmithPad
    August 11, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Our household has four Android devices and my kids are addicted to Fortnite. Sadly, they will not be playing it on Android, and this cash grab makes me think I might be removing it from our PCs as well.

  2. likefunbutnot
    August 7, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    This is superdumb.
    It's one thing to know you can disable third party apps because you want to get stuff from Amazon or Fdroid. It's another thing to tell an audience of primarily young people that they need to disable the security features of their devices in order to play a game.

    I generally like Epic as a developer but this isn't something to be supported or encouraged.