Fortnite’s Android Version Won’t Be On the Google Play Store

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Looking to play Fortnite on your Android device? You’re going to have to follow a different method than you may be used to, from say, heading to Google Play and just installing the app. Epic Games has confirmed that the Android version of the game will not be using the Google Play platform to distribute the title, and will instead require an installer that can be downloaded via Epic’s official website. It will effectively bypass the Google Play Store entirely.

“Epic’s goal is to bring its games directly to customers,” said Tim Sweeney in a statement to Eurogamer. “We believe gamers will benefit from competition among software sources on Android. Competition among services gives consumers lots of great choices and enables the best to succeed based on merit.”

Sweeney believes that the 30 percent that Google collects from games on the Google Play Store doesn’t really reflect what Google put into the game itself, but of course we know there’s also the element of “that’s taking too much money away” here too. As a result, the game will need to be downloaded manually and loaded onto devices using special instructions that Epic Games will provide users on its homepage.

If you’re going to be playing on your preferred Android device, be prepared to do a modicum of installation, unless you’re thinking about switching to iPhone in the future. There’s also still no release date just yet for the forthcoming Android version, but hopefully that will change in the future.

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Brittany Vincent is the former News Editor at Twinfinite who covered all the video games industry's goings on between June 2017 and August 2018. She's been covering video games, anime and tech for over a decade for publications like Otaku USA, G4, Maxim, Engadget, Playboy and more. Fueled by horror, rainbow-sugar-pixel-rushes, and video games, she’s a freelancer who survives on surrealism and ultraviolence. When she’s not writing, watching anime or gaming, she’s searching for the perfect successor to visual novel Saya no Uta.