Google makes sure you won't get scammed while looking to install Fortnite

Google makes sure you won't get scammed while looking to install Fortnite
So, Fortnite has been announced and the beta is even up for early adopters to register. At start, the game will only be available for top-tier Samsung Galaxy devices but will expand to other models soon after.

However, one thing that will, apparently, not change is the fact that Fortnite for Android will not be downloadable via the Google Play Store. Epic has already stated that it chose to distribute the game independently in order to avoid the 70 / 30 revenue split with Google. That means that players will have to go out of their way to download and sideload the game when it's time to get it.

This, of course, opens the door for plenty of clone games, chock-full with terrible ads and predatory in-app purchase options to pop up on the Play Store. We've sure seen this before and with Fortnite being as popular as it is, it's not hard to imagine that someone out there is already coding a basic game with a similar aesthetic, and trying to figure out a name that would get careless fans to download it. You know, something like "Fortnite of Duty Clash Royale".

Well, it seems Google is also concerned for its users. Instead of acting scorned or anything, the company decided to very clearly warn players that they will not find Fortnite on the Play Store.

When you try to look for the game on the Play Store right now, you will be met with a very specific message right underneath the search bar:

Good job on Google's part, we guess. Well, tightening up the rules around crappy clones and predatory in-app ads and purchases might also be a neat thing to do. But hey, one thing at a time!

via: Reddit



1. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Good Guy Google

6. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

I don't believe for one minute it has to do with the 30% revenue. Especially when the game could easily be placed on Google's play store for free. Which is free for other platforms because Epic controls all accounts from their servers in the first place. It's like Epic is afraid of Google's virus and malware scanning of all apps on their play store.

7. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Lol why would they offer in different channels to Android. Epic dont want to give in 30% when it's booming, it make sense you make a 10 million and have to give up 3 million. That's a lot, Google is a Giant there is only two platform iOS and Android your going to eventually's a chicken game who's going to give in

10. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

It's total BS about the 30% cut, especially when Epic could monetize their app going through their own servers. Totally bypassing Google anyway. Google doesn't force developers or companies to use their Play services. Remember it is Apple that FORCES any monetization for any app that is placed on their store, not Google. So why is Epic bypassing Google's play store? Basically everyone should avoid Fornite like the plague, if you are FORCE to side load their app.

8. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Granted Google has a lot of a lot a lot of bad apps

2. Phullofphil

Posts: 1829; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Why the crap would you want to play Fortnite on any thing smaller than a tablet is beyond me. I know I am old and I am out of touch with games since the PlayStation 1 but I would atliest mirror to a tv

4. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Guess you've never played a Gameboy before then?

5. BlueVisionist

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 07, 2016

the controls are easier on a phone than a tablet for me

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