Android users can now request invites to sideload Fortnite; pre-install is sent via email

Last Thursday, Samsung and Epic Games announced that at first, the Android version of the Fortnite Battle Royale app would be exclusive to the Galaxy Apps store. So much for that exclusivity. Anyone with an invite can now install the game, and you can request an invitation directly from Epic's website. We don't know when the invitations will be going out, but we understand that it could be as quickly as two days after the request is made. In the meantime, you will receive an email containing a pre-install that you need to load on your phone.

Since the game is bypassing the Google Play Store (Epic reportedly wants to avoid paying Google a 30% cut of revenue for a listing), Android users will have to sideload the APK. Doing this requires them to allow their phones to install apps from an unknown source, which could open up these handsets to malware. In an attempt to prevent Android phones from becoming portals to hell, a minute after an Android user starts installing the Fortnite APK, he/she will receive a notification reminding them that once installation of the game is complete, they need to rescind the approval allowing apps to be installed from unknown sources.

Epic says that 300 million of the 2.5 billion active Android phones, or 12%, will be able to run Fortnite "well." Obviously, your high-end Android models are more likely not to suffer performance issues while playing the game.

If you're just dying to play Fortnite on your Android phone and you don't have a Samsung model, click on the sourcelink now, request an invite, and get ready to prep your phone for the invite you should receive in a couple of days.

source: EpicGames via 9to5Google (1), (2)



1. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I still think bypassing the play store is wrong. Everybody talks about apple or whatever being greedy. On that same deal to me epic games are being greedy. Pay the tax. Your using android phones to make money than pay the toll

2. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

It’s no different than stealing music without paying for it. Some people think that it’s all right to decide who makes what money and how much they make at what they deserve. It doesn’t matter who or what company it is if it’s set up for you to pay a certain amount to use their system did anything to the contrary would be scamming it. I can go on and on about how much did bothers me and for the most part games like this that offer a free game but make you pay during the game for stupid crap to me are a big scam anyhow. Gone are the days were you pay for a game in it’s yours but the pain anymore. Now even in the gaming world the richer you are or the more money you willing to spend rings up your status. Whatever on that last part but I’m just irritated about the whole situation ran over

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6885; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I remember a day when the only way to steal music was to record what you were listening to on the radio, or venture to your local music/department store and lift (steal) physical media (cassettes/disks).

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4333; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's quite a bit different then stealing since developers are not required to put their apps on the Play store. Play store helps promote discovery. Fortnite doesn't need discovery and there's no sense throwing 30% away.

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6885; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Agreed. Fortnite has been all over phone arena...if it wasn't for PA I wouldn't even know Fortnite exists lol.

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6885; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Maybe a better idea would be Google and apple lowering their percentage fees to something less greedy?

4. IT-Engineer

Posts: 579; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Perhaps it sounds simple to lower fees, but do you know how many Google has people employed to work on Android? Thousands, from designers to developers to architects to engineers, and so many more. Same goes to Apple with IOS, these operating systems needs thousands of hours to update, develope and maintain. And they do not borrow money from other departments, Android department cannot borrow money from YouTube and IOS cannot borrow money from OSX and so on.

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6885; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I agree 100%. Although my concern is this: If enough consumers gain enough trust in enough top notch developers, side loading apps may become more common place thus cutting further into Google and apple's profit margins. Companies like Epic are large enough to incorporate top notch virus/malware protection on their servers...pretty sure apple and Google aren't the only entities to ensure 'somewhat safe' downloads and services for consumers.

10. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Google has always allowed bypassing them for app monetization. It's Apple that doesn't allow it. As a matter of fact Apple FORCES any app monetization to go through them, so Apple can get their 30%. Google doesn't FORCE that on any app developer or companies. So Epic could have easily added their app on Google's play store. It's like Epic doesn't want Google's servers to check Epics app for any virus or malware. That is what Google's servers automatically do to every app placed of Google's play store. So what is Epic hiding from the public?

13. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

But I don’t think that Epic is losing in . They are raking $$$ millions because  consumers can afford to buy in apps. In other word, they are rich.

16. midan

Posts: 3126; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

I don't see how it's greedy, it's their platform. They give you potential of billion of users to find your app or game in easiest way possible. I don't see why Apple and Google shouldn't get paid from such a big visibility which no-one can ever offer.

20. Cat97

Posts: 1983; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Google just received a 5 billion dollar fine from the EU due to their abuse of the Play Store policy. Such a fine would not be issued if Google was not exploiting Android illegally. Android is free, if it wasn't free it would not be popular. Free means that you can install software from wherever you want.

12. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Too many butthurt now! This is what android users wants. They want to have the freedom to download apps in any way they can. So let developers do whatever they want too. And don’t worry, google won’t bankrupt anytime soon cause they were selling android users data.

17. Pigaro

Posts: 90; Member since: May 15, 2016

Google doesn't or it could have disallowed to run on Android.

18. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

They also get to avoid being rated publicly where Epic can't control what's being said about their app/game. Kind of handy getting to ignore a trusted feedback rating system like Google's playstore offers.

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