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

03 August 2018

Through this move, Epic will save on the 30 percent cut that Google demands for Play Store apps, as well as have a more direct relationship with its customers. When it does hit Android, EPIC wants to make sure that all of those profits make their way back to the company without passing through Google's pocket first.

Fortnite maker Epic Games could be getting ready for a big fight with Google. It's been an issue with Fortnite on PC for some time already, according to the owners of a streaming platform that tracked and took down one major piece of adware targeting Fortnite users this summer, but Sweeney told Eurogamer he wasn't concerned that Fortnite's unusual Android release will make players susceptible to the same practices on mobile.

Speaking in an interview with The Verge, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney revealed that for the upcoming Android release of Fortnite, the game will be bypassing a release through the Google Play Store for distribution, and instead Epic Games will opt to directly release the game to players through its official Fortnite website. "The 30 percent store tax is a high cost in a world where game developers' 70 percent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games".

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. "There's a rationale for this on console where there's enormous investment in hardware, often sold below cost, and marketing campaigns in broad partnership with publishers".

Epic confirmed to GameSpot that Android users will not be able to download Fortnite on their devices from Google's digital store, but rather through its own service. "We believe gamers will benefit from competition among software sources on Android", Sweeney said in a new Q&A.

Ars was unable to confirm the legitimacy of the image, but XDA's report cites the final sentence, about app installation, by reprinting the source code that it pulled up on Sunday.

Additionally, he said that modern permission-based mobile operating systems enable users to choose whether or not they want to give apps access to saving files, using the microphone and so on.

Fortnite, the most popular game on the planet, will soon be out for Android. This isn't allowed on iOS so the developer has no choice but to distribute the game through the App Store. Eventually, the game should be available on other devices, too.

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