Google Acknowledges Epic’s ‘Fortnite’ Isn’t On The Play Store

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Spotted by Reddit users (via 9to5Google), Google is now somewhat acknowledging the fact that Fortnite is not available on Google Play. Below that, the Play Store continues with the normal search results, which includes the competing PUBG mobile battle royale game. That's easy to do if you're a Fortnite fan with an iOS device. Look closely at that message and one will notice that Fortnite Battle Royale is spelled incorrectly, as the word "Royal" is missing an "e". This is mostly in an effort to avoid the 30% cut of revenue Google takes for every Google Play transaction. According to Epic, it would have likewise offered Fortnite for iOS through its own website if it were able to, but the closed nature of Apple's ecosystem prevented that.

Yesterday, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 9, choosing to focus on a wide variety of features for an upgrade instead of the device's overall external design.

Unaffected by this commission, Fortnite Android could well rake in even more for Epic Games, but it will need to do so without the controls and security that would otherwise be provided by Google's system.

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 only visible on the Play Store app, but we doubt those looking for Fortnite will be using the site anyway.

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