Epic Games to offer Android titles on its own store next year; company will take 12% of revenues

Epic Games to offer Android titles on its own store next year; company will take 12% of revenues
Fortnite creator Epic Games certainly hit a grand slam with the game. To date, Fortnite has brought in over $1 billion in revenue for the company while getting 200 million consumers to register. The Wall Street Journal said on Saturday that Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has decided to do something about his contention that Apple and Google both take too big a cut from their mobile app stores.

Sweeney has long been opposed to the 30% that the two tech giants keep from revenue generated by an app or game. That is why you won't find Fortnite in the Google Play Store. And now the company is competing directly against Google with its plan to add Android games to the store that the company launched earlier this month for the PC and Mac platforms. The games for Android will be listed sometime in 2019. Because of the closed nature of iOS, Epic will be unable to offer any games for Apple's mobile devices.

To get developers to write for the Epic Games store, Epic will allow developers to keep 88% of the revenue collected from their games. That means Sweeney's company will be getting a 12% cut as opposed to the 30% that both Apple and Google take. The lower cut has already forced the top source for PC games, Steam, to lower its cut of game-derived revenue. According to one analyst, Apple and Google would see their pre-tax earnings cut by 14% if they were to match Epic's lower take. In other words, don't hold your breath expecting that to happen.

If you're the owner of an Android device and want to get in on the excitement over Fortnite, you can visit the Epic Games store by clicking right here. Those with an iOS device can load the game from the App Store by using this link.

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12 Comments

1. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

So they steal PUBG's idea, steal dances from celebs and kids without paying them, create security risks for hundreds of thousands of people who are forced to use their store... All in the name of moral grounds because Apple and Google take a 30 percent cut, a cut they have earned because they invested millions into developing platforms. And they continue to develop them. There was once a time when Epic games was respected because of Gears and Unreal before that. It truly is amazing to see what they have become now. Thankfully MS bought Gears off them and Cliffy B got out of there before they degraded to such levels. If fortnite collapsed and took epic with it, it really wouldn't hurt. I still remember Cliffy B getting on stage at E3 2011 or something and showing Gears 3, just the Epic games logo was enough to get the crowd to start cheering, and now look at what they are.

2. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

I always love how they put both stores in there with their cut of revenue. However with Google's play store you could always bypass Google's monetization, and that was from day one. Apple is the one that forces all app monetization to go through them. Google never did. So at the end of the day you still have to pay Apple their 30% and Google could always be bypassed. The bad thing to take away from this is Epic has made some kind of game loader for Android. People forget too quickly that Epic put Android smartphones at risk with Epic wanting to have users sideload their app.

8. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Apple has every right to keep their eco system closed sourced, they invested millions and built the new age smart phone. The closed eco system is the reason why the quality of iOS's eco system is far higher then Androids. Google can't control the level of security other vendors do on their stores, so for Epic to take your credit card details or adds a security risk. And before the fandroid iSheep crowd show up, I don't like iOS, I use Android.

4. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

So if numerous game studios and especially indie developers lose access to the Unreal Engine it wouldn't hurt? You do realize every game in development with the unreal engine would likely get delayed or canceled as developers rebuild the games on a new game engine.

7. Zylam

Posts: 1816; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

It wouldn't be anywhere near the end of the world. Tons of developers complain of how unoptimised the unreal engine is and how epic doesn't focus on it as much as they used to... Because why would they? They earn far more from Fortnite. It would be a hard time for a while if the unreal engine died, but after a while a new engine, probably open source would be out which would be built from the ground up for mobile and the cloud. We would be better off.

3. Rager722 unregistered

Take Fortnite out of Beta mode on Android and add 60fps first!

11. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Then would you want a buggy game similar to fallout 76? You don't wanna rush on a platform with issues on compatibility.

5. Jrod99

Posts: 729; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Is Fortnite better then COD Blackout?

12. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

2 different play styles so you can't compare

6. AbhiD

Posts: 801; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

They need to be asked Android specific numbers for Fortnite and how it has bombed. Thanks to their "Not gonna release on Play store" s**t. While PUBG Mobile continues to rule the Android world. And btw, good luck trying to make people install games from your own store. 90% of people won't even try your s**tty games due to that.

9. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Talk about hypocrisy.

10. midan

Posts: 2871; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Very bad thing for the industry. who would want to find different apps and games around web if this gets more popular. It will get very hard to follow what apps and games coming. Now they are mostly in one place, easiest to find, easy to install etc. This sounds like going back to old PC era.

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