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

The developer of Fortnite has confirmed it will bypass the Google Play app store when the game is released for Android smartphones. "There's a similar procedure in adjusting permissions when running Fortnite itself for the first time, but after that, the title sits on your smartphone and loads up exactly like any standard game you may have grabbed from Google Play".

"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 said. Basically, players on Android devices will head to the Fortnite web site at which point you tap a button to download the Fortnite Installer.apk file. Apple is already taking its cut from the iOS version of Fortnite, but Epic said that because Apple allows iOS apps to be installed only through the iOS platform, the gaming company had no choice but to offer its game through the iOS App Store. 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. The firm is yet to announce a release date for Fortnite on Android, but it should be just around the corner.

Epic Games is confident about Fortnite for Android being as popular on the platform as it is on iOS. Once the real deal is released, we'll let you know, as early as possible.

The lengthy FAQ can be found at Eurogamer-but it doesn't include an answer to the million-dollar question of exactly when Fortnite will launch on Android for public consumption, nor exactly which hardware it will be compatible with at launch. As such, says the Epic executive, "any device from up to three years ago with a high-end GPU should run the game pretty well".

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An additional question doubles down on Epic wanting to reclaim that 30 percent fee for the sake of development costs and server overhead-though it does not address Google Play's guarantees of malware scanning for any app downloaded. A few cheap ads promising some free in-game experience points and skins is all it will take to attract users to fake downloads in droves.

The multiplayer shooter is available on iOS systems like the iPad and iPhone as well as traditional video game consoles like the Nintendo Switch. 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. We believe gamers will benefit from competition among software sources on Android.

However, these platforms are tightly controlled, and make it hard for people to install software from unofficial sources.

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