Google Adds Unique Warning That Fortnite is Unavailable on Google Play Store

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Samsung device owners were able to download the beta through the company's Galaxy Apps store during the exclusivity period, but now all Android users can get it from Epic's website.

It's been less than a week since Samsung announced that Fortnite for Android would be exclusive to its Galaxy devices, but that limited exclusivity is already over.

A dispute between Epic Games and Google means gamers are unable to download Fortnite through the Google Play Store.

As Fortnite is still in beta on Android, Epic Games isn't prepared for the large number of Android players that would jump into the game if it was available for everyone.

However, there's one way to play Fortnite on Android presently -a flagship Samsung Galaxy device. The app will also be required for updates to the game on Android, just like it is on the Windows platform.

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Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney explained: "Epic's goal is to bring its games directly to customers. You should look carefully at the source of software you're installing, and only install software from sources you trust".

At present, the top search result on the Google Play Store for "Fortnite" is its direct competitor; PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Mobile.

Epic Games launched the game on Apple's store in mid-March, and has since then earned more than Dollars 180 million on iOS devices. Google is well aware of this, and that there is the potential for fake, scam apps to appear, tricking users into downloading something malicious.

Users who download apps through the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store can trust the file to be legitimate because Google is promoting it on their official store. It should be noted, perhaps, that Google's message makes no mention of how players can find the game, or even that it is available elsewhere.

This is a very rare move, and likely a response to confusion over the fact that the popular Android game can't be found on the store.