Fortnite might be a Samsung Galaxy exclusive for 4 months

Fortnite might be a Samsung Galaxy exclusive for 4 months
Fortnite for Android will launch as a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 exclusive and will then remain a Samsung Galaxy phone exclusive for another two to three months, according to a source speaking to AndroidHeadlines.

We have previously already heard about a 1-month exclusivity period for Fortnite on Android, but these earlier rumors did not provide much in terms clarification. Now, we know what to expect: the popular battle royale game could take a long while to arrive to other Android devices like the Google Pixel, LG series or OnePlus.

To be more specific, Fortnite for Android is still expected to be officially announced with the Galaxy Note 9 launch and there should be a 30-day exclusivity period for Samsung's latest phone. However, then, another 60 to 90-day exclusivity deal will cover all other Samsung phones, and only then the game will become available publicly on Android.


This makes the release date of Fortnite for Android in general move way back to November or December of 2018.

Interestingly, we still do not know how exactly will Fortnite be distributed on Android. Rumors claim that developers from Epic Games will not launch the game on the Google Play Store, but will instead provide instructions on how to sideload the game. This way, they will avoid having to pay a 30% fee on all revenue from Fortnite.

Another curious detail is that on the upcoming Note 9, you would be able to access the game via Samsung's Game Launcher. This will boost the popularity of the Game Launcher and ensure proper gameplay speeds.

Let us also remind you that Samsung is expected to officially unveil the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9th and that is when we should hear more about the release date of Fortnite for Android.

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16 Comments

1. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Great game, crappy phone! iPhone had it first anyway :-P

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Actually PC had it first :P

8. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

So Samsung is allowing Epic to circumvent their smartphone security. Especially for a game that doesn't need all that access.

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Or... they are putting it in the Samsung store. Besides, sideloading doesn't give the app extra access compared to a Playstore installation.

13. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Going into your Android smartphone settings to all third party apps to sideload, is definitely a problem with any Android smartphone.

14. xfire99

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Guess you hasnt using a Samsung phone before? You dont need go into settings to change anything at all. It will pop up a window to choose 1 time allow/deny apk install. IF other peoples choose to sideload on other android phones, how can it be Samsung fault?

15. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

You good sir have taken the Victory Royale #1

11. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Pretty stupid on Samsung’s part to pay for exclusive rights to a free game. I’m sure most android users would be smart enough to be able to sideload the apk anyway.

12. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Invite system. They can block devices that aren’t Samsung by using device id but that can be fooled by a build.prop edit. It’ll be interesting to see.

16. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Comment of the day!

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Samsung slowly becoming The Apple of Android. First came identical phones and now this... Not that it matters to me, not one bit but... What about the little ones, eh? Nowadays; kids don't even know the rules of football or cricket or any other physical activity for that matter so it ought to be a major 'tragedy' for them, I reckon? Akin of stealing the football from a football game, innit? Oh well...

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1081; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

We'll see what the S10 has in store, we can only hope they don't repeat the same exact design 4 years in a row. As for your football (assuming you mean American Football) comment the rules constantly change and ruin the game. The newest Helmet rule prohibits defensive players to lower their heads to tackle a player... what do they expect them to do

10. Chris_ABN

Posts: 194; Member since: May 16, 2018

Samsung becoming like Apple? And identical phones? You must be on some drug. Samsung hasn't copied the main thing every Android manufacturer has been coping from Apple. That ugly ass notch. I agree with everything else you said though.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

That's not really a problem for me, I'm fine with pubg over this game and it's snobbery monetization grab. Not everyone may see it like that but imo, this game is dead to me.

7. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1081; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I like both games, they each have their own advantages. PUBG is strictly a loot and shoot game with a lot of tension. FN is more playful with the building, emotes, and graphics, but it's nice that they update the map and have weekly challenges, even though Tencent has added them to PUBG mobile. I prefer PUBGs loot system over FN in the sense that its random articles of clothing instead of a predetermined skin so even rookies can get cool clothing, but i dislike that they can reward duplicate items and offer Gamestop level buy backs.. oh you got this shirt in a 2800BP crate, hows 30BP sound?

6. AbhiD

Posts: 849; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

This should be a business case study of "How to destroy one's chances" ! Their game is already extremely late to the party when slowly and slowly surging popularity of Battle Royal games is dwindling. I no longer see a lot of my friends who used to play PUBG like crazy on their phones. Add to that they want to make this game Samsung Note 9 exclusive for 1 month and 4 months for rest of the lineup. Before this thing is even available for normal users out there, people would have long forgotten that it even launched. Not to mention they don't even want to launch it on Playstore, consider 60-70% installs gone already. Whatever user base is left will make a choice between PUBG and Fortnite and i don't even think Android users will prefer that cartoony, kiddish Fortnite over PUBG, that is solely reserved for iPhone users. An Epic failure from Epic games

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