'Fortnite' for Android: When Deal Arrives, It Won't Be on Google Play

Epic wants all the money. 

Fortnite: Battle Royale on Android will come out soon, but there’s still a lot of questions regarding its release. New reports reveal when it will come out and how it will be made available, but the latest updates may not be ideal for Android users.

Epic Games continues to be tight-lipped on the release date for Fortnite: Battle Royale on Android, but last week, multiple outlets reported the game will be an exclusive for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for its first 30 days. A new report from Android Headlines on Friday states the exclusivity will actually last 120 days. The first 30 days will be solely for Galaxy Note 9 owners while the following 90 days will be exclusive to owners of select Galaxy S phones. Once the 120-day period is over, all Android phone users will have access to the game.

The access to the game is another question answered and this time it came straight from Epic. According to Eurogamer, the developer will not release the game on Google Play like other Android games. Instead, gamers will download Fortnite: Battle Royale exclusively from Epic. The reasoning behind the move is to avoid the 30 percent “store tax” that comes with putting an app on Google Play.

Android is the last major platform to not have a Fortnite: Battle Royale game. It appears the company is capitalizing on the game’s popularity to make most of the vast number of users on the Google operating system.

If the rumors are true, Fortnite: Battle Royale will release on Android at the same time as the Galaxy Note 9. After the exclusivity deal with Samsung, the rest of the Android user base will get their hands on it later this year.

When Fortnite: Battle Royale makes its way to Android, owners of one of 40 smartphones will be ready to play the popular battle royale game.

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