Fortnite Not Coming To The Google Play Store, Says Epic Games – Here’s Why
Fortnite has been absolutely raking in some cash over the past year, especially when the Battle Royale title made its way to iOS devices. Sadly, the game wasn’t released on Android at the same time, and mobile players not on an iPhone have been craving some of the action. That said, we are now one step closer to that becoming a reality, but not how you would expect.
Epic Games recently stated that Fortnite is still coming to Android devices, but it won’t be through the Google Play Store. Instead, the company will be using their own launcher on the platform. Essentially, it boils down to Epic not wanting Google to get a cut of their Battle Royale pie.
“Epic’s goal is to bring its games directly to customers,” Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney said in a recent Q&A. “We believe gamers will benefit from competition among software sources on Android. Competition among services gives consumers lots of great choices and enables the best to succeed based on merit.”
“Avoiding the 30 per cent ‘store tax’ is a part of Epic’s motivation,” Sweeney continued. “It’s a high cost in a world where game developers’ 70 per cent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games. And it’s disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform, such as payment processing, download bandwidth, and customer service. We’re intimately familiar with these costs from our experience operating Fortnite as a direct-to-customer service on PC and Mac.”
There’s still no telling when Fortnite will be coming to Android, but when it does, don’t expect to get it through the Google Play Store. In the meantime, you can claim those sweet Victory Royales on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One, and iOS devices. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming goodness going on right now, check out the following:
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What say you, gamers? Is Epic Games making the right choice by not releasing Fortnite through the Google Play Store? When do you think it will come arrive on Android? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!
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Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.