Fortnite Dev Puts Google On Blast As Game Finally Debuts On Play Store
It’s taken quite some time to get there, but, Fortnite is finally available on Android devices through the Google Play Store. Up until now, the popular title was only available on Android devices through a “third-party platform,” and it appears we have Epic Games’ grievances with Google’s policies to thank for the game’s former restricted availability.
In a recent statement made to IGN, Epic Games put Google on blast regarding the latter company’s policies and practices towards third party sources, stating that it hopes “Google will revise its policies and business dealing in the near future.” Given that Fortnite is now firmly on the Google Play Store, any leverage Epic Games may have had towards that end has been swiftly chucked out the window. Here’s the full statement from Epic Games:
After 18 months of operating Fortnite on Android outside of the Google Play Store, we’ve come to a basic realization:
Google puts software downloadable outside of Google Play at a disadvantage, through technical and business measures such as scary, repetitive security pop-ups for downloaded and updated software, restrictive manufacturer and carrier agreements and dealings, Google public relations characterizing third-party software sources as malware, and new efforts such as Google Play Protect to outright block software obtained outside the Google Play store.
Because of this, we’ve launched Fortnite for Android on the Google Play Store. We’ll continue to operate the Epic Games App and Fortnite outside of Google Play, too.
We hope that Google will revise its policies and business dealings in the near future, so that all developers are free to reach and engage in commerce with customers on Android and in the Play Store through open services, including payment services, that can compete on a level playing field.”
There certainly seems to be no love lost between Google and Epic Games. Still, any anger Epic has with Google didn’t keep Fortnite away from the Play Store for too long, so at least consumers can now get their battle royale fix without utilizing a third-party platform.
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