After 18 months of releasing one of the best online video game, Epic Games has released its battle royale hit Fortnite for download via the Google app marketplace, Play Store.
Before now, Fortnite is available directly for play via PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Microsoft Windows, and Macintosh operating systems. With the addition of Google Android, the circle is now complete.
Anyways, users can play the game via Android but it skips Google’s 30 percent cut for all in-app purchases, by making the game available for download via a third-party app that could be installed from Epic Game’s own website.
That is the reason for skipping the popular Battle Royale game, Fortnite from Google mobile app store. But the major reason for the recent addition is the fact that Google makes it difficult to avoid the app store.
Epic Games, the developers of the popular Battle Royale game, Fortnite confirmed that Google puts third-party software at a disadvantage by warning users of potential security issues that may not exist.
As it automatically characterizes any software not issued through the Play Store as malware. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney criticizes both Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store of the high percentage fee.
Even after releasing the app on Google’s Playstore, the CEO still thinks that 30% percent is quite high. This is what he said in 2018. “The 30 percent store tax is a high cost in a world where game developers’ 70 percent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games,”
Epic still insists on the fact that Google should reduce the fee “We hope that Google will revise its policies and business dealings in the near future so that all developers are free to reach and engage in commerce with customers on Android and in the Play Store through open services, including payment services, that can compete on a level playing field,”
For Android phones, users can now skip the Fortnite Launcher, the software that allows Epic to bypass the Play Store. And download from Google Play store directly on their mobile phones.