Google Play Store Now Tells You It Doesn't Have Fortnite

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If Epic Games finds that the economic benefits outweigh any issues that arise from being MIA in the Play store, perhaps other Android video game and app developers will seek to go around Google, regardless of the security risk to its own users.

The Fortnite beta for Android was announced yesterday during the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney.

The warning does not appear if you search for Fortnite on the desktop version of the Play Store.

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The reason the company behind Fortnite has made a decision to release the game on Android without the Play store is simple: money. It's a big pie for Epic games, which has made over $1 Billion in revenue from in-app Fortnite purchases (for both PC and mobile ) by the start of this month.

Epic Games confirmed that it would be coming to Android "this summer", but then it all went a bit quiet, leaving Android users scrambling for any info they could on when they might get their hands on it.

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If more developers follow Epic's path, then the road to unauthorized and potentially harmful downloads on Android devices will only widen.

Fortnite has grossed more than $180 million so far on iOS devices, where it has been available exclusively since launching March 15 in an invite-only beta that later expanded to all App Store users.

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