Fortnite set to launch on Android phones - but there's a catch

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

It's significant. For one, unless Epic goes out of its way to heavily promote the fact that the game is only available from its website - epicgames.com - then millions of players are likely to search for the game through a search engine.

The 30% store tax is a high cost in a world where game developers' 70% must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games.

Sweeney was also one of the original and most vocal critics of the Microsoft Store and the Universal Windows Platform, arguing that they would enable Microsoft to control what apps and games Windows users can install on their machines.

Sweeney says Epic has chatted to Google about their shared goal of keeping players safe on the platform and that, along with the issue of money, the move is motivated by the company's love of open platforms and the drive to have a "direct relationship" with customers on as many platforms as possible. Epic Games does not want to lose 30% of their Android revenue to Google, which is what'll happen if they choose to use Google Play as their distribution method. Epic Games is now exploring the option of including Fortnite on various third-party stores in China, but it has nothing to announce at this time. Users of Android devices are targeted en masse when it comes to new games - especially when those games are inevitably massively popular. Google takes a 30 percent cut of all in-app purchases so circumventing the Play Store will save this cost for Epic Games.

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So why exactly is Fortnite ditching the Google Play Store? Google uses the industry standard 30% cut, and on a game that will make tens of millions of dollars (at least) on Android alone, it's certainly tempting to go around the middleman.

Android apps can be installed either via the Play Store, which is essentially the same as Apple's App Store and offers a huge amount of built-in protection and security, or they can be installed in a process called side-loading. However, the company would not have been able to take a similar approach to the game's release on iOS due to restrictions imposed by Apple. Samsung may also decide to distribute it through the Galaxy Apps store. Just because the game will eventually come to all Android devices doesn't mean it won't be a timed exclusive.

Strictly speaking, there is nothing wrong with hosting the game on their website. However, Sweeney doesn't think installing Fortnite from an external source will present any security risks for users.

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