Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
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Fortnite for Android goes "off market"

Fortnite for Android goes

Despite Epic having clarified its release plans for the game several times, some fans may still expect Fortnite Android to be available on Google Play.

Google does, however, have a beta version of the feature available for anyone who owns a Pixel or Pixel 2 device and is willing to sign up, and thanks to the folks over at XDA-Developers, there is also a way to ignore all that and get it running on other Android 9 Pie devices, too.

An APK for Fortnite on Android has been leaked, allowing some players to play the game on their Android devices before it has officially released. Apparently, Epic does not want to give Google 30% of the huge amount of revenues that would be generated from a listing in the Play Store (which doesn't make sense considering that is the same percentage that Apple is taking from the iOS app).


This stands in contrast to the iOS version of Fortnite, which is available to download right from Apple's App Store. Epic Games is handling the distribution itself, so searches for Fortnite in the Play Store turn up a lot of junk that isn't the game. Additionally, to download files outside of Play Store requires users to tinker around with security permissions.

Malicious developers have already been targeting Android users looking to download Fortnite. It's a big pie for Epic games, which has made over $1 Billion in revenue from in-app Fortnite purchases (for both PC and mobile ) by the start of this month. Check out our guide below to see how to install Fortnite for Android. This is likely to deter developers from creating apps with the word "Fortnite" in the title to take advantage of the confusion over the release. The company looked to target two birds with one stone as it upgraded the S-Pen and made sure that Fortnite for Android became an exclusive for the Note 9.

While this move will make Epic Games more money than otherwise, it will also set up a risky precedent for Google.

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