Fortnite for Android goes "off market"

James Marshall
August 11, 2018

Sensor Tower estimates that Apple has made more than $54 million from the game so far via its 30 percent cut of all in-app spending on its store. Thankfully, the Play Store is finally doing something about it. On top of that, only owners of certain Samsung smartphones were able to play the game at launch. There's only one title (Battle Breakers), and it's not available yet. Perhaps as a precautionary measure, Google has started to mentioned directly on the Play Store that Fortnite is unavailable for download - in order to prevent users from downloading fake apps. You can toggle these apps on to permanently stay in your app drawer or just add a simple home screen shortcut.

This stands in contrast to the iOS version of Fortnite, which is available to download right from Apple's App Store. However, for Android users, that won't be an option.

The message doesn't actually tell users where they can "safely" download the game, nor the status of the game as a beta, and as an exclusive for Samsung devices for the time being.


The reason the company behind Fortnite has made a decision to release the game on Android without the Play store is simple: money. However, the millions of kids who just want to play the latest and greatest game probably aren't aware of that.

Malware could infect Android users looking to play Fortnite in a myriad of ways.

Unaffected by this commission, Fortnite Android could well rake in even more for Epic Games, but it will need to do so without the controls and security that would otherwise be provided by Google's system. Following Fortnite's success on Android other game developers will also follow suit.

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