Why 'Fortnite' bypassing Google Play could be a security nightmare

Delia Walker
August 11, 2018

So now when you will search for the keywords such as "Fortnite", "Fortnite Mobile" or "Fortnite Battle Royal" on Google Play app on Android, it'll show you a message - "Fortnite Battle Royal by Epic Games, Inc is not available on Google Play". Thankfully, the Play Store is finally doing something about it.

Thing is, the company that created it, Epic Games, just announced that it won't be publishing it via Google Play, the market where most users - in the Western hemisphere, anyway - get most of their apps. Additionally, to download files outside of Play Store requires users to tinker around with security permissions. Perhaps the developer intends to profit from the first early wave of adopters, which will be massive given the time users have waited for the game to arrive on Android. The beta version of the battle royale game is live now for Samsung flagship owners, and will likely see a wider release next week. We can only assume that when the game leaves beta, it will be available to any Android device that can handle it.


Yesterday, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 9, choosing to focus on a wide variety of features for an upgrade instead of the device's overall external design. Fortnite won't even be available for download on the Play store.

Fortnite has generated over $180 million in just a few months when it was made available in late March.


Epic Games confirmed that it would be coming to Android "this summer", but then it all went a bit quiet, leaving Android users scrambling for any info they could on when they might get their hands on it.


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