Fortnite has finally come out on Google Play…in April 2020! 🎉Yay!!!

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Let’s start since the launch of the game in 2017.

Fortnite was released in 2017 and was made available on PS4, Xbox, PC at its launch. It became a gaming phenomenon in 2018 sharing the limelight with PUBG, which was also released in 2017. Both these games ruled the gaming community in 2018 and ’19 on almost every platform, having received a rating of 9.6 and 9.5 respectively from IGN. Both were based on a similar concept of “Battle Royale”, which evidently was loved by gamers.

Fortnite installer window

What happened? Why did it take them 2 years to release the game on Android?

Well! Epic Games must have figured this early, if they have to increase their market reach ten folds, then the game must be available on Android devices, as almost 80% of the world’s mobile devices have Android OS running. But to be available on Android devices via Google’s own app store “Google Play Store”, meant that Epic Game would have to share 30% revenue of all the transactions made via “In-App purchases” with Google as the game is free to play, which they were reluctant on doing.

Play Protect in Hamburger section of Playstore app

Why Google and Apple are charging such hefty cuts?

These platforms are providing valuable services like — a consolidated and reliable marketplace, handling all the payments which are made in the form of app purchases or in-app purchases, protecting its users from malware and privacy threats. Constantly updating and maintaining their infrastructure, to provide users with continuous required bandwidth and support. Some might also argue that Android OS is free of cost and you don’t have to pay to upgrade the OS; well my response to that would be — the cost of the OS and its subsequent updates is already adjusted in the handset price.

“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,” — Epic in a statement given to Polygon.

Epic Games Finally gave up to Google after trying to run the game without subscribing to play store services for almost two years but Play Protect and a vulnerability found in the game’s installer package led users to uninstall the game. We as users, trust Google when it says the app/website is harmful, and that’s what happened with Fortnite and soon users started uninstalling it; believing the game contains a malware. Google has been blatantly marking the applications installed via unknown sources as harmful without even scanning them. That’s just the way they sort to get back at the developers bypassing the Play Store.

Source: Newzoo

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A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store