Fortnite for Android goes "off market"

Fortnite for Android goes

Following Fortnite's success on Android other game developers will also follow suit. Fortnite will be available eventually, you just have to be patient.

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

If you're running Android 9 Pie on a compatible phone, you can download Digital Wellbeing now from the Google Play Store. The web Play Store does not have this feature, though.

Epic Games' Fortnite will definitely not go through the usual distribution channels, as the developer announced that downloading the game via Google Play Store will not be possible. The game is available on PC and Mac, home consoles like Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, and even launched on iOS earlier in March for iPhone and iPad users.

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This information came from Reddit users (via 9to5google), where quite a few comments posted that when someone searches for "Fortnite" or "Fortnite Battle Royale", or a few other derivatives, Google Play prompts with a message instead of showing results. Whether this is a mere typo or Google doesn't know how to spell the name of the game is unclear, but it's a somewhat amusing mishap nonetheless.

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

Epic Games' free-to-play multiplatform game just crossed the billion-dollar threshold thanks to in-game purchases where players pay upgrades to customize their characters. Epic will also offer downloads of the game on its website in the coming days for most Android smartphones. Most developers just deal with that because having your title in the Play Store makes it easier to reach a large audience.

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