Epic games confirmed the rumor that Fortnite: Battle Royale will not be available for Android users. Instead, it will be accessible via a client known as the Fortnite Installer. Epic would bypass Google for the Android launch of the game. As the company does not believe in giving “open platforms”. Such as the Google Play Store 30% of Fortnite’s revenue. The news is confirmed that Fortnite will not be available on Google Play Store.
CEO Tim Sweeney said that –
“Epic wants to have a direct relationship with our customers on all platforms where that’s possible. The great thing about the internet and the digital revolution is that this is possible, now that physical storefronts and middlemen distributors are no longer required.”
Tim Sweeney also mentioned –
“We’re motivated by economic efficiency. Avoiding the 30 percent ‘store tax’ is a part of Epic’s motivation. It’s a high cost in a world where game developers’ 70 percent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games. And it’s disproportionate to the cost of the services these store performs, such as payment processing, download bandwidth, and customer service. We’re intimately familiar with these costs from our experience operating Fortnite as a direct-to-customer service on PC and Mac.”
The Fortnite Installer is purely related to Fortnite. There are no plans to offer a full-fledged store. We don’t know that how Google is going to respond on this. Epic is betting on Fortnite’s popularity to allow it to overcome any hurdles users face in terms of installing APKs. As Sweeney added that –
“We’re confident Android will be similarly successful. Most importantly, mobile operating systems increasingly provide robust, permission-based security, enabling users to choose what each app is allowed to do: save files; access the microphone; access your contacts. In our view, this is the way all computer and smartphone platforms should provide security, rather than entrusting one monopoly app store as the arbiter of what software users are allowed to obtain.”
Fortnite normally appears on the app store for iOS devices. But it does not mean that Epic has a better relationship with Apple. The company confirmed that if Apple devices allowed a Fortnite Installer, then it would have done the exact same and avoided the App Store.