Fortnite, one of the most popular royale games that debuted on PC is finally available for Android users to download via Google Play Store. Epic Games released Fortnite on iOS and Android in 2018 but for Android users, they have to download the game from the official site instead of the Play Store. But now, the game has finally landed on the Google Play Store after 18 months.
So, if you have been thinking about why Fortnite was not available via Google Play Store. So, the reason is, Google receives a cut of the revenue generated by an Android app present in the Play Store and Epic Games didn’t want to share profit with Google. But after a long span of 18-months, Fortnite is now available on Google Play Store.
Fortnite listed on the Google Play Store on April 20 which can be downloaded for free. Fortnite comes with an initial download size of 107MB but requires an additional file to download which is of massive 7.4GB in size. In addition, if you wish to play the game in the “Epic” quality pre-set, the game downloads “HD Graphics”.
According to a report by Polygon, Epic Games shared a statement detailing why it finally decided to release Fortnite on the Google Play Store. Well, the reason behind that is Google flags third-party downloads as “malware” and makes the users question the authenticity of the app.
“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,” the company said in the statement.
Epic Games also mentioned that the developer will still support the Epic Games app and Fortnite which have been downloaded outside of the Google Play Store.
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