Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Fortnite for Android goes "off market"

Fortnite for Android goes

The userbase of Android is much higher than iOS so even if the Google Play Store doesn't charge fees as high as Apple, its still a huge loss for the company, at least $50 million as suggested by data analysts. They also display the message that "Fortnite Battle Royal by Epic Games, Inc is not available on Google Play", this not only includes a silly typo but its the first time Google has went out to inform users that an app is not available on Google Play.

Fortnite, the year's hottest video game, is finally making its way to Android devices. Additionally, to download files outside of Play Store requires users to tinker around with security permissions. Fortnite developer Epic Games has made a calculated decision to release the app on its own.

Spotted by Reddit users (via 9to5Google), Google is now somewhat acknowledging the fact that Fortnite is not available on Google Play.

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Epic Games and Samsung also provided a list of devices that will be compatible with Fortnite Beta. 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.

Note that you will need to wait about 24 hours after doing so for the app to actually work: When it does, you will see a Digital Wellbeing entry appear in Settings.

All Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4 users will get an exclusive Fortnite Galaxy skin that can help them stand apart in the game. 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. Fortnite Android is one of - if not the - most talked about apps available today, and the battle royale trend has been around for a while.

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