Fortnite on Android Won't Use the Google Play Store, You'll Have to Use an Installer From Epic

Confirmation from Tim Sweeney himself.

You might recall that earlier this week, a leak claimed that Fortnite on Android wouldn't be using the Google Play Store as its method of downloading onto smartphones. Now, Epic's Tim Sweeney has confirmed that this is the case, with the upcoming release of Fortnite on Android avoiding the Google Play Store.

The leak originally came from xda-developers.com, who thoroughly searched Epic's website page for Fortnite on Android. Within the page, they found instructions on how to download and install Fortnite on the particular type of smartphone, indicating that it wouldn't be a typical download from the Google Play Store.

The image from the original Fortnite on Android download leak.

Today on August 3, Epic's head honcho Tim Sweeney has confirmed the leak. "Epic's goal is to bring its games directly to customers. We believe gamers will benefit from competition among software sources on Android," said Sweeney. "Competition among services gives consumers lots of great choices and enables the best to succeed based on merit."

Eurogamer's Richard Leadbetter has today written that the "installation procedure is relatively painless, though a touch more convoluted than using Google Play." Leadbetter continues, saying that "the installer is downloaded as a standard APK file that, when run, prompts users to adjust their security settings (for that file only) in order to allow it to install the full game."

It basically comes down to this, Sweeney doesn't consider Google's 30% store tax on sales to be worth the ease of access via the Google Play Store. "Avoiding the 30 per cent "store tax" is a part of Epic's motivation," writes Sweeney in a Q&A. "It's a high cost in a world where game developers' 70 per cent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games. And it's disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform, such as payment processing, download bandwidth, and customer service."

As of right now, we're still not sure when Fortnite on Android will be releasing, but we do finally know how we'll be downloading it, once it launches. For now, head over to our Fortnite Week 4 Challenges guide, for a walkthrough of this week's challenges on whichever platform you're playing, or our Fortnite Android guide for everything else you need to know about the mobile port.

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