Fortnite will be on Android but not through Google Play

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Josh Miller/CNET On open platforms like PC, Mac and Android, Epic's goal is to bring its games directly to customers. Whether or not this will come to fruition remains to be seen, but for a phone maker with declining sales looking to make a splash, Samsung turning the Galaxy Note 9 into the exclusive home of the biggest game in the world is a smart play. Sweeney isn't suggesting that Apple's iOS App Store does warrant a 30% cut and the Play Store doesn't.

Fake versions of Fortnite, promising to give Android users access to the game, have been circulated online.

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.

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On Monday we reported that Epic, the creator of popular Battle Royale title Fortnite, could be planning to circumvent the Google Play Store with the game's Android release. 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. Despite the fact that most Android users get most of their apps from the Google Play store, the reasoning behind Epic's decision isn't all that complicated. This isn't allowed on iOS so the developer has no choice but to distribute the game through the App Store. First, Epic wants to have a "direct relationship" with its customers, claiming the "Internet and the digital revolution" has made that process easier than ever.

Due to the open nature of Android, Google allows installation of apps from third-party sources other than the Play Store. That's not the case on Android, though, which lets you install apps from unknown sources fairly easily.

The multiplayer shooter is available on iOS systems like the iPad and iPhone as well as traditional video game consoles like the Nintendo Switch.

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"30% is disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform".

Fortnite is already available on the Apple store after launching in April. Since that was the only information available at the time, the assumption was that after that 30-day period, anyone would be able to download and install the game. 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". "We believe gamers will benefit from competition among software sources on Android", Sweeney said in a new Q&A.

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