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Fortnite Android Release Is Coming, But Not Through The Google Play Store

Fortnite Android Release Is Coming, But Not Through The Google Play Store”

It's a fairly reasonable guess that Fortnite for Android will launch sometime in mid-September.

Epic Games is confident about Fortnite for Android being as popular on the platform as it is on iOS.

Mr Sweeney said Google's 30% "store tax" was a "high cost in a world where game developers' 70% must cover all the cost of developing, operating and supporting their games".

The company is bypassing Google's Play Store for financial reasons as well as to have a "direct relationship" with its customers.

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

But that also means Epic won't have to pay out the 30 percent cut Google takes out of in-app purchases from software downloaded from the Play Store.

While Fortnite Android release date is yet to be announced, Epic Games has said it will be out this Summer. "We're intimately familiar with these costs from our experience operating Fortnite as a direct-to-customer service on PC and Mac". However, Sweeney doesn't think installing Fortnite from an external source will present any security risks for users.

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. Sweeney also explains that consumers will benefit from the competition of software sources on the platform. Instead, Android users will be tasked with downloading the game directly from Epic's website, something possible but not explicitly common for major Android apps. Epic Games has made a decision to not distribute the game through the Google Play Store for financial reasons. Once you download, you will be prompted with some security permissions.

The company's CEO says that Google's 30 percent share in IAP revenues is a lot considering it only uses the store for distributing its game and handling the payment distribution. If you look at it, the stores on the smartphone platforms actually do very little. (That sentence does not appear in the site's source code as of press time.) We have reached out to Epic to ask about the legitimacy of XDA's report. He's specifically referring to platforms like Steam, Battle.net, etc.



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