It looks like the rumor of Fortnite won’t be landing in Google Play Store for Android version is true all along. Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney confirmed that Fortnite on Android will be a direct download through the official website, instead of installing the game by using the flagship Google Play Store.
According to VentureBeat, Sweeney chose to ditch the Google Play Store in favour of a “direct relationship with players”, which has been done for the PC version. Another reason is that Sweeney stated that mobile marketplaces like Apple App Store and Google Play don’t give any benefit for developers as these digital distributors nab 30 percent off of the apps’ revenue.
Moreover, Sweeney complained that the Apple App Store and Google Play put advertisements that pit competition against other popular games. For example, the search for Fortnite on iOS will reveal other ads for PUBG or Minecraft. He opined, “It’s just a bad experience. Why not just make the game available direct to users, instead of having the store get between us and our customers and inject all kinds of cruft like that? It’s a general criticism I have of the smartphone platforms right now.”
With the release of Fortnite on Android without the help of Google Play, Epic Games has to consider the many versions of Android operating systems and different hardware specs in Android devices. This might come as a bad news for some as Fortnite will be only playable on high-end Android smartphones to ensure that the game works seamlessly with other platforms including PC and consoles.
This also means it limits the number of Android devices that will be able to support Fortnite, which is down to roughly 12 percent as Sweeney stated that “out of the 2.5 billion Android devices in the world or so, 300 million will run it well.” With that being said, no wonder there is a rumor circulating that Fortnite will be a timed-exclusive game for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
In case you’re wondering if your Android smartphones will be able to run Fortnite properly, here are the list of confirmed Android devices based on the official Fortnite Mobile page:
While Fortnite is currently supported on 43 Android phones only, it’s likely that Fortnite might be open to support other Android devices once the game is out on Android. The battle royale hit is set to launch on Android during summertime but the developer is still keeping us in the dark regarding the official Fortnite on Android release date.