04 August, 2018
Although it has yet to be confirmed by either Samsung or Epic Games, a report last week claimed that when Fortnite finally launches on Android, it will be exclusive to the Galaxy Note 9 for a limited time. A source tells AndroidHeadlines that once the Note 9 exclusivity ends, Samsung might retain exclusive rights to the game for an additional two to three months. With a huge and ostensibly trustworthy game publisher instructing its players to disable the outside sources security check on their phones, malware distributors need only expend a tiny amount of effort to make their previously shady-looking security bypass look like Epic's legitimate instructions on how to play the game. This cut includes any in-app purchases, which is primarily how Fortnite makes money.
The massively popular free-to-play battle royale game Fortnite is launching soon on Android. On smartphones, however, Blizzard distributes its card game Hearthstone through the Google Play and Apple stores just like any other app.
While a release date is still yet to be announced, Epic announced today that the Android port of Fortnite will only be available for download on Epic's website.
Additionally, he said that modern permission-based mobile operating systems enable users to choose whether or not they want to give apps access to saving files, using the microphone and so on. The second (and more immediate) reason behind this move is to circumvent the profits that Google would take a cut from by putting the game on its Google Play marketplace, of which Google normally takes about 30% from games distributed through its store.
"Epic wants to have a direct relationship with our customers on all platforms where that's possible", according to CEO Tim Sweeney.
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The developer didn't confirm when the game is going to be released.
"30% is disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform". Google recommends users stick with Google Play-downloaded apps because they've already done all the security checks users should go through before loading an app.
In the future, the decision not to optimize the game for less-powerful Android devices may also help Epic roll out new Fortnite features. We believe gamers will benefit from competition among software sources on Android.
"In our view, this is the way all computer and smartphone platforms should provide security, rather than entrusting one monopoly app store as the arbiter of what software users are allowed to obtain".