Fortnite is out now on Android exclusively on Samsung

Fortnite on Android

If Epic Games finds that the economic benefits outweigh any issues that arise from being MIA in the Play store, perhaps other Android video game and app developers will seek to go around Google, regardless of the security risk to its own users. "See a complete picture of your digital habits and disconnect when you want to".

The reason the company behind Fortnite has chose to release the game on Android without the Play store is simple: money. Apple doesn't allow app downloads from anywhere but the official App Store on its mobile devices. The company looked to target two birds with one stone as it upgraded the S-Pen and made sure that Fortnite for Android became an exclusive for the Note 9. 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.

Now, the fundamental difference between iOS and Android, which is open versus closed source will cost Google a hefty amount of money.

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Fortnite for Android beta is now available, but not on the Play Store. This is likely to deter developers from creating apps with the word "Fortnite" in the title to take advantage of the confusion over the release. Epic will also offer downloads of the game on its website in the coming days for most Android smartphones.

If more developers follow Epic's path, then the road to unauthorized and potentially harmful downloads on Android devices will only widen.

There is no Fortnite Google Play Store listing because Epic Games is bypassing the world's largest app store.

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