Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Fortnite for Android goes "off market"

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Google has typically encouraged users to download apps through the Play Store for security purposes, although the company has remained oddly silent about this, at least until now. As spotted by a Reddit user, searching for Fortnite or Fortnite Battle Royale will yield a warning saying the game isn't available on the Play Store. To ensure everyone knows it seems Google has taken steps to advise people the app is not available on Google Play when they search for it. Following Fortnite's success on Android other game developers will also follow suit. 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. Subsequently, once this wave starts to subside, the company will then bring Fortnite on Play Store.

Epic Games has opted to launch the game first on Samsung phones - the beta is live now for most high-end Samsung phones launched in the last two or three years. But when the game opens up to all Android devices in the coming days, gamers won't find the app in the official Google Play Store. The game will instead be available from Epic's servers cutting Google out completely. The game will appear in the Samsung Game Launcher and in the Galaxy Apps store. Epic probably thinks that having the most popular game in the world gives it enough reach to go its own way. Well, the last part is still valid since you can't yet play Fortnite even if you download it on your non-Samsung smartphone unless you've been accepted in the beta.