Fortnite Now Available Via Google Play Store
One of the most popular mobile games, Fortnite, had an issue or two for those who use Android devices. That was, of course, it wasn’t available on the official Google Play store! It’s been available for Android 10 devices since 2019, but for some reason, Epic Games opted not to put it on the Google Play Store. You know, the default store that all Android users have available to them!
Will the Change Be Worth It?
However, we no longer have to wait and hope for that day to come, as it’s here now! Fortnite can now be downloaded on any phone that supports it, via their default app store. Now the next test will be to see how its downloads and plays are against the other mobile titans like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile.
After all, with so many of us locked down and unable to go out, this is a great time for mobile gaming to flourish. It’ll be a nice test of exactly how many people are playing Fortnite. One of the strange things about the addition to the move to Android was only certain Galaxy smartphones were able to use it normally.
We do have a statement on what Epic Games had to say about Fortnite on Android. “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 characterising third-party software sources as malware, and new efforts such as Google Play Protect to outright block software obtained outside the Google Play Store.”
None of the other major games have complained about Google Play as far as we’ve seen, so I don’t know how accurate this statement is. But one thing they did also point out, is that Google takes 30% of in-app purchases as a tax, and that was the main reason. They should have just said that and been honest! Just say “Hey, they take a lot of the money, and we’d like them to not have it” and I can appreciate that kind of honesty.
So now the real question is how much that’s going to hurt them, and if Fortnite players are going to keep using third-party downloads, instead of the official version via the Google Play Store. Perhaps they aren’t going to advertise the Google Play download too hard, so they will keep more of the in-app purchase coin for themselves.
We’ll have to keep our eye on what goes down as a result of this! What do you think though? Does Google deserve that money for the games on their app store/search engine? Or should Epic keep all the money made through their own game?