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Google Warns Users It Doesn't Have Fortnite on the Play Store, So Don't Fall for Scams

Just a head's up.

News by Matt Kim, .

Fortnite's popularity attracts plenty of scammers, and Epic's decision to forgo the Google Play Store is just another opening for potential attacks. Luckily Google is taking some steps to warn users that any version of "Fortnite" on Google Play Store isn't official.

Yesterday Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney appeared on stage during Samsung Galaxy Note 9 reveal to announce that the Fortnite Battle Royale Android beta would be exclusive to Samsung devices (for a very short time). But what he didn't say was how even on other Android phones, Fortnite will be skipping the Google Play Store altogether. Not a common practice for mobile games, and potentially dangerous for a game like Fortnite which attracts so many scams already due to its popularity.

Fortnite warning on Google Play Store. Source: Reddit

To counter any potential scams, Google has begun adding a little message to search results on the Google Play Store for "Fortnite." Discovered by Reddit, the small message reminds users that "Fortnite Battle Royale by Epic Games, Inc is not available on Google Play."

Instead users will have to download Epic's own Fortnite Android launcher directly from the company. Samsung offers a Fortnite launcher on the Samsung app store, but that's exclusive to Samsung devices. Epic has a guide on how to download Fortnite onto Android, which includes allowing Fortnite access to your phone.

Fortnite is Epic's massively popular battle royale game. Because it's so popular with a young audience, it's not hard to find scams trying to take advantage of that. YouTube videos and ads promote free ways to get Fortnite's in-game currency V-Bucks, or even beta access to Fortnite on Android. But the only way to be safe is to get Fortnite directly from Epic.

Fortnite is finally making its way to Android, for more check out our Fortnite Android guide for how to get started.

If you're taking part in the Fortnite Week 6 challenges, we've got all the guides you need. Head to our Fortnite Week 6 Challenges page for all the info, or check out our individual guide pages for specific Week 6 guides.

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  • Avatar for Roto13 #1 Roto13 11 days ago
    Have they ever considered taking steps to prevent scams from showing up on the Play store? No? OK.
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  • Avatar for MetManMas #2 MetManMas 9 days ago
    @Roto13 Yeah, I doubt one little nondescript warning message will be enough. I've seen people lack this little thing called "reading comprehension" even when instructions are very clear, they're not gonna notice that. Or for that matter, believe it.

    People have enough trouble comprehending that Mario is not going to show up on their kid's Xbox, they ain't gonna understand that Fortnite isn't available directly in the app store on Android 'cuz Epic Games hates Google Tax. Or that it's temporarily a Samsung exclusive. Or that they might need a newer, more graphically capable phone to run it.
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