'Fortnite' will skip the Play Store for its Android release

The move appears to be financially motivated, as Epic Games will not have to share the profits they make from in-game V-Bucks sales on Android with Google.

On Monday we reported that Epic, the creator of popular Battle Royale title Fortnite, could be planning to circumvent the Google Play Store with the game's Android release.

The Google Play store lets Android users buy and download apps using a simple interface, although Google takes a 30% cut of sales made. It also helps that I play Fortnite on a daily basis, so this news hits close to home for me. Another rumour indicated that Epic Games would distribute the game via their website and not via the Google Play Store. Considering the iOS version of Fornite made over United States dollars $15 million since its release 3 weeks ago, there's a lot of cash to be made.

Most apps can't get away with making users jump through those hoops, but Fortnite, which already has more than 125 million players, presumably can. Whether or not it can maintain its wrecking ball momentum has yet to be seen, but when it finally arrives on Android it will instantly be played by millions of people at the very least.

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Fortnite for iOS is available in the App Store because there's not really any other way for iOS users to get apps. Depending on your Android version, you may have to venture into your phone's security settings, enable "Unknown sources", and disregard Google's warnings about the potential dangers you're about to unleash.

Play is Google's official store for Android apps and the company uses a layered set of automated and human filters for detecting and removing potentially harmful applications from the store.

Furthermore, Sweeney calls the 30 percent "store tax" a "high cost" in the game industry, particularly given the fact that Android is an open platform where Google is not distributing or managing all hardware, like Microsoft and Sony do with their respective consoles. But just how big is the security risk? Users will be able to download it directly from the company's website. By releasing its own installer application, we're basically crossing our fingers that every person who downloads it can tell the difference between legitimate software and software that could hold their device ransom.

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