Only 12 Percent of Android Devices Will Run Fortnite Well

Only 12 Percent of Android Devices Will Run Fortnite Well

As expected, the main reason why Fortnite won't be distributed via the Play Store is financial.

Fortnite, the most popular game on the planet, will soon be out for Android.

Fortnite is a platform-driving game that has proven it can generate hundreds of millions of dollars a month, and even on mobile Fortnite Battle Royale is driving multiple millions of dollars monthly from in-app purchases.

The fact is that Epic has a choice and it doesn't have to play Google's game (its iOS game on the other hand is only available through Apple's app store thanks to Apple's controlling approach).

Downloading an app outside the Google Play app store isn't something most users have done. This forced Epic Games to release Fortnite through the App Store for iPhone and iPad and give Apple a 30 percent cut for all IAPs made by players inside the game. Players will download a Fortnite installer application, which also acts as a way of ensuring that the game can only run on compatible devices. First, Epic Games wants to maintain a direct relationship with their customers.

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Game maker Epic's decision not to go through Google's official app store - which is simple to access through Android phones - is due to Google taking a 30 per cent cut of revenue. But the developer has now confirmed that to actually play it, they'll have to go outside Google's Play Store distribution service.

"30% is disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform".

Epic's FAQ also includes questions about unwitting users installing malware as a result of opening up Android's security permissions, which will be required for Fortnite's Android sideloading process. There is now no set date for when Fortnite Android will become available, but based on the game's massive popularity, it's sure to be a hit.

Ars was unable to confirm the legitimacy of the image, but XDA's report cites the final sentence, about app installation, by reprinting the source code that it pulled up on Sunday. Since that was the only information available at the time, the assumption was that after that 30-day period, anyone would be able to download and install the game.

"Open platforms are an expression of freedom: the freedom of users to install the software they choose, and the freedom of developers to release software as they wish", he says, adding that gaming has been successful on the open PC platform through many outlets including Steam, Battle.net, Riot Games, Good old Games, and EpicGames.com.

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