It’s not a surprise that hackers were able to get their hands on the Android version of Fortnite: Battle Royale early since the reveal of the game should be days away. Thursday is when Samsung will reveal the Galaxy Note 9 and should announce the details of its partnership with Epic Games to make the game a timed exclusive title. However, the version of the game available online is a waste of time.
News of the Fortnite: Battle Royale APK, or Android Package Kit, being available online made the rounds on social media Tuesday. Data miner Fortnitee_Leaks posted screenshots of the hacked app and confirmed that it is not working right now.
Other Twitter users who downloaded the hacked Fortnite: Battle Royale APK shared their issues with the app. One person showed the game installed on their phone, but received an error message saying the device GPU was not supported. Another Twitter user said the app downloaded multiple updates, but still refused to work.
On Monday, news came out that Fortnite: Battle Royale for Android had certain requirements such as having access to the latest version of the Samsung Galaxy App store. There could be other requirements within the APK that are preventing the game from starting on non-Samsung or Galaxy Note 9 phones. Another reason for the problems might stem from the servers and other infrastructure for the game not being available right now considering it’s not officially released yet.
With the problems from the APK, Fortnite: Battle Royale fans should give up trying to play the game early and wait for Thursday like everyone else to find out what will happen with the Android version of the game.
Another reason to avoid trying to download a Fortnite: Battle Royale APK is the possibility of these files being used by hackers and scammers to take over a person’s phone, which has been going on for months.