Fortnite for Android may not be available for download in the Google Play Store

Fortnite for Android may not be available for download in the Google Play Store
Fortnite for Android, one of the most anticipated upcoming game releases, might not be available on the official Google Play Store.

One of the most profitable games in recent history, Fortnite has been available for iPhone and iPad for months, but an Android version is still in the works. However, Epic Games, the developer behind the game, might not launch the game on the official Google Play Store, but will instead make it available as a sideload. The reason for this is to avoid the hefty 30% fees that Google charges via its Google In-App Billing system for titles released on the Play Store.

The game has proven to be a big hit on the iOS platform and recent reports claim that within the first 10 days of the release of Season 5, the game nets around $2 million per day. Total mobile revenue has reached a whopping $150 million since the game launched on iOS on March 15th.

Naturally, with such huge revenues, Epic Games has weighed the risk of lesser popularity against the 30% cut that comes with being on the Google Play Store.

What is the source for this information, though, and is it reliable? XDA Developers has uncovered lines of code in the source code of the Fortnite Mobile page that indicate clearly how Epic Games instructs users about the sideload.


Furthermore, user thebros on Reddit has gotten access to early images that show those instructions and all of that clearly points to a launch outside of Google Play:


Let us remind you that recent rumors point out that Fortnite for Android will launch as a Galaxy Note 9 title and might be officially unveiled on August 9th, when Samsung shows the new phone. Samsung is also rumored to have exclusive rights over the game for the first 30 days.

Are you looking forward to the Android version of Fortnite? And do you care about it not being able on the Play Store?

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6 Comments

1. smitpatel

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 30, 2014

Rubbish. FYI, Apple also take 30% cut from all IAP.

2. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The big difference is that Epic Games has no choice but to put it on the App Store, since there’s no sideloading with iOS. So they’re forced to accept Apples cut. They don’t have to accept Googles.

4. civicsr2cool

Posts: 273; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

"since there’s no sideloading with iOS" Umm there is definitely sideloading on iOS, do you live under a rock mate? There are handfuls and handfuls of third party app stores for iOS..

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Technically it's sideloading but there are many downsides to sideloading this way. You have to trust the third-party certificate which can and are revoked on a regular basis. If you sideload (ipas) using a normal AppleID, you have to reinstall every 7 days. Or you need to get a developer ID (for 100 bucks a year) and only have to reinstall every year.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I might try it out...if it arrives on the play store but if theirs decision making is heading this way, then it's one of the most stupid one in recent history.

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

When they cash grab as blatantly as this game has and purport that further with moves like this, no thanks I'll pass no matter how popular.

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