Google Makes Embarrassing Error Following Fortnite Android Release

Yolanda Curtis
August 11, 2018

By now, everyone who's been paying attention to news about Fortnite on Android knows that it'll only be available via Epic's site after the Samsung exclusivity period ends, and not on the Play Store.

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.

Because Fortnite for Android will be hosted by Epic Games and not Google Play, Android users will need to disable default security settings that will allow them to download and install third-party applications.

Fortnite has grossed more than $180 million so far on iOS devices, where it has been available exclusively since launching March 15 in an invite-only beta that later expanded to all App Store users.

The reason the company behind Fortnite has made a decision to release the game on Android without the Play store is simple: money. Fortnite Android is one of - if not the - most talked about apps available today, and the battle royale trend has been around for a while. The latter bit was a direct appeal to gamers and Epic Games' partnership with Samsung will not go down with Google. Below the message, Google has helpfully listed the developer account for Epic Games. The web Play Store does not have this feature, though.

Fake games on the Play Store have been a problem for some time. Epic will also offer downloads of the game on its website in the coming days for most Android smartphones. If you own a Samsung device, you can go and grab Fortnite from either the Galaxy App Store or the official Fortnite site.

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