Those who do not feel comfortable installing Fortnite as a third-party app (like me) will be happy to know that it is currently on the Google Play Store right now. Then again the game itself has been around "illegally" for 18 months for all Android users to play before being an official downloadable Play Store Game App. So why did Epic, the creator of the famous online shooting game, take such a long time to put (almost) everyone's favourite game on the Play Store? Money-of course.
It is official-Fortnite is on Google Play Store!
Then again the statement released by Epic indicated very clearly that the company was "forced" by Google to put their game in the Google Play Store after constant "harassment" by Google in many various ethical ways. The following is the raw statement from Epic Games, displayed in full:
After 18 months of operating Fortnite on Android outside of the Google Play Store, we’ve come to a basic realization:
Google puts software downloadable outside of Google Play at a disadvantage, through technical and business measures such as scary, repetitive security pop-ups for downloaded and updated software, restrictive manufacturer and carrier agreements and dealings, Google public relations characterizing third party software sources as malware, and new efforts such as Google Play Protect to outright block software obtained outside the Google Play store.
Because of this, we’ve launched Fortnite for Android on the Google Play Store. We’ll continue to operate the Epic Games App and Fortnite outside of Google Play, too.
We hope that Google will revise its policies and business dealings in the near future, so that all developers are free to reach and engage in commerce with customers on Android and in the Play Store through open services, including payment services, that can compete on a level playing field.
For the uninitiated, Epic Games has always insisted that they were against the idea of Google ripping 30% off their profit from the Play Store. Likewise, it is reported that its PC version of the game is only taking 12% cut from each of the sale. So far the gaming company has temporarily avoided paying the 30% cut to Google by not making the game available directly on its website. Obviously their "evasive" game plan is no longer working and most probably it is eating into their potential earning.
Now Fortnite is not exclusively for Apple users only.
For your information, Epic Games did not lift a even finger to object against Apple to make Fortnite available on iOS. Hmm...what's with the double standard right? Thinking that Google is a pushover is clearly a mistake as they are now slapping their own face, right? Then again to know that we can officially download Fornite on Google Play Store gives a lot of us peace of mind as it is safer and less hassle. Now more people can enjoy Fortnite using their gaming smartphone the game and both companies are earning even more. WIN-WIN for all.
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