Fortnite's Android Release Will Skip Google Play

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This week, much has been made of the fact that the Android version of Fortnite will not be available through the Google Play marketplace. And not just after the initial download, but for every update as well?

Fortnite is the biggest mobile game release since Pokemon GO, but unlike Pokemon GO, you can't download it from the Google Play Store.

Malicious developers have already been targeting Android users looking to download Fortnite. The first is easy for owners of compatible Galaxy phones who can simply download it from the Galaxy Apps store. Videos such as the one shown above show how tantalisingly close you are to playing a great third-person shooter on your tiny device. According to Epic, it would have likewise offered Fortnite for iOS through its own website if it were able to, but the closed nature of Apple's ecosystem prevented that. Following Fortnite's success on Android other game developers will also follow suit. That 30 percent revenue cut is the same for Google Play.

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Epic has shared a few more details about the upcoming Android release of Fortnite. Here's what you need to have in place to get in on that even if you are using an Essential Phone or OnePlus 6, the two other devices capable of running Android 9 Pie at this time.

Epic Games' Fortnite will definitely not go through the usual distribution channels, as the developer announced that downloading the game via Google Play Store will not be possible. 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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