Instead, users will download an installer directly from EPIC's website, which will load the game onto their Android devices.
Those kinds of services - the actual cost of which Sweeney is "intimately familiar with" from Fortnite on PC and Mac - will instead be provided by Epic itself, with players using a payment method associated with their account for purchasing in-game currency. It also helps that I play Fortnite on a daily basis, so this news hits close to home for me.
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The fact is that Epic has a choice and it doesn't have to play Google's game (its iOS game on the other hand is only available through Apple's app store thanks to Apple's controlling approach). Epic Games has its own launcher for games like Fortnite and Unreal Tournament, keeping a direct relationship with players and cutting out third-party services like Steam. It will be as good as a round of Russian Roulette for people attempting to play Fortnite on anything other than the Note 9. As you'd expect, he mentioned that avoiding the 30 percent cut platform owners like Google typically take from game revenue was a motivator behind the decision. Depending on your Android version, you may have to venture into your phone's security settings, enable "Unknown sources", and disregard Google's warnings about the potential dangers you're about to unleash. "Of the roughly 2500 million Android devices, we estimate around 300 million are Fortnite-ready". This means that Epic would have released Fortnite the same way on iOS, if only Apple didn't require apps to be vetted before they made it out to the public. With the biggest game in the world asking millions of players to bypass vital security measures built into Android, the potential for obfuscation and abuse is unlimited.
It will be the same case here for Fortnite on Android. However, Tim states that gamers "have proven able to adopt safe software practices" and, as evidence, states that "gaming has thrived on the open PC platform through many sources".
Fake versions of Fortnite, promising to give Android users access to the game, have been circulated online.