Fortnite to skip Google Play on Android

People playing Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch at E3 2018.                  Josh Miller  CNET

Josh Miller/CNET On open platforms like PC, Mac and Android, Epic's goal is to bring its games directly to customers.

The fact that Epic is so focused on high-end Android devices is perhaps why Fortnite Android is rumored to be exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 at launch.

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 source tells AndroidHeadlines that once the Note 9 exclusivity ends, Samsung might retain exclusive rights to the game for an additional two to three months.

Source code deciphering done by some XDA Developers users (EDIT: Apparently Reddit user thesbros) found some very interesting factoids about the Fortnite release on Android. Fortnite is a free to play game, and so all of the money it makes is from in-game purchases for costumes, dance moves, and more.

Instead, Epic will require Android users to go to the Fortnite website and download an installer to put the app onto phones themselves.

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While Fortnite did get its mobile debut on the iOS App Store, the game will be going in a different direction for its Android launch. First, Epic Games wants to maintain a direct relationship with their customers.

Fortnite maker Epic Games could be getting ready for a big fight with Google. According to Sweeney, this means that "of the 2.5 billion Android devices in the world or so, 300 million will run it well", which means that roughly 12% of Android devices will be capable of running Fortnite properly.

Android keeps installing apps from unknown sources disabled by default for security reasons. Eventually, the game should be available on other devices, too. The game dominates social media on YouTube and Twitch, and it's so popular with teenagers and school-age children that the iOS version caused a brief panic among teachers and parents when it bowed earlier this year, a la Pokemon Go.

"30% is disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform". Users will be able to download it directly from the company's website. Sweeney responds by reminding gamers that the "freedom" of an open platform like Android "comes with responsiblity", and that the per-app permission process within newer Android versions is superior to "entrusting one monopoly app store as the arbiter of what software users are allowed to obtain".

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