Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Why You Shouldn't Install Fortnite APKs On Your Android

Why You Shouldn't Install Fortnite APKs On Your Android

After signing up for the beta on your Pie-powered phone and downloading Digital Wellbeing from the Play Store, it doesn't actually show up in your app drawer. Epic Games is handling the distribution itself, so searches for Fortnite in the Play Store turn up a lot of junk that isn't the game. To ensure everyone knows it seems Google has taken steps to advise people the app is not available on Google Play when they search for it.

Because there are no Android servers yet, this is the only way for Android players to get into a live game now. Fortnite will be available eventually, you just have to be patient. The web Play Store does not have this feature, though. On top of that, only owners of certain Samsung smartphones were able to play the game at launch.

While this move will make Epic Games more money than otherwise, it will also set up a risky precedent for Google.

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The game, for now, is available exclusively on Samsung devices through the company's app store.

If you want to keep playing the big cat-and-mouse game, which involves modders trying to find workarounds to Epic's restrictions (while watching posted.APK files receive DMCA takedowns), that's on you.

With the Android launch finally upon us, we project that, based on Sensor Tower Store Intelligence data, Google stands to miss out on at least $50 million in platform fees during the remainder of 2018 due to this unprecedented decision. Epic probably thinks that having the most popular game in the world gives it enough reach to go its own way.

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