Fortnite for Android goes "off market"

Fortnite for Android goes

Fortnite for Android goes "off market"

Fortnite has grossed more than $180 million so far on iOS devices, where it has been available exclusively since launching March 15 in an invite-only beta that later expanded to all App Store users. This is mostly in an effort to avoid the 30% cut of revenue Google takes for every Google Play transaction.

The Fortnite beta for Android was announced yesterday during the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney. Fortnite developer Epic Games has made a calculated decision to release the app on its own. 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.

While this move will make Epic Games more money than otherwise, it will also set up a risky precedent for Google. Perhaps the developer intends to profit from the first early wave of adopters, which will be massive given the time users have waited for the game to arrive on Android.

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So there is hope for playing the world's biggest game on any Android phone right now, but you'll have to go elsewhere to learn that information.

Even more concerning than the malware threat with just Fortnite for Android, however, is what this could mean for other app developers going forward.

So in reality, Fortnite still isn't available to everyone, but that could be Epic Games trying to manage the load on its servers get the players in gradually without ruining the gaming experience for the existing users.

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