Fortnite coming to Android, but sidestepping Google Play Store

Sweeney didn't offer any details regarding the release date for the Android version of Fortnite, but he did comment on rumors that the game would be exclusive to the Galaxy Note 9.

'Epic wants to have a direct relationship with our customers on all platforms where that's possible, ' CEO Tim Sweeney told tech site The Verge.

Epic's sidestepping of the verified Play Store system will make it even more hard for inexperienced users to spot these fake versions of the game when Fortnite arrives on Android legitimately. Despite the fact that most Android users get most of their apps from the Google Play store, the reasoning behind Epic's decision isn't all that complicated.

Fortnite maker Epic Games could be getting ready for a big fight with Google.

Players will download a Fortnite installer application, which also acts as a way of ensuring that the game can only run on compatible devices. The game dominates social media on YouTube and Twitch, and it's so popular with teenagers and school-age children that the iOS version caused a brief panic among teachers and parents when it bowed earlier this year, a la Pokemon Go.

In brief, it could be up to four months before anyone who doesn't own a Samsung phone can play Fortnite for Android. It will be as good as a round of Russian Roulette for people attempting to play Fortnite on anything other than the Note 9.

To us, this makes flawless sense, but it does open up players to a world of fake APKs that could potentially harm devices.

However, novice users are typically discouraged from doing so, because apps from unknown sources could pose a security risk.

We don't know how this will affect Fortnite, its audience, or even the Android app ecosystem as a whole.

Fortnite has been available on Apple's iOS platform - installable on iPhone and iPad - for quite some time now. Sweeney isn't concerned about this, saying that PC gamers have been installing games from different sources for a while now and adding that mobile OSes offer "robust, permissions-based security" features.

But so far, Android users have been unable to get in on the action. When it does hit Android, EPIC wants to make sure that all of those profits make their way back to the company without passing through Google's pocket first.

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