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Fortnite is finally available on the Google Play Store

Fortnite has been on Android devices for a year and a half now, but contrary to what you might expect, not on the Play Store.
After almost full 18 months since Fortnite was released for Android smartphones, Epic Games' Battle Royale is finally coming to Play Store.

When Fortnite came to Android, back in August 2018, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney has been hesitant to put their planetary megahit to Google Store and has chosen to bypass it instead. The game was still available on Andoird, but as a direct download from Epic, not as something offered on Google Play Store where you usually buy your games.

 

Sweeney explained that there were two reasons for this; first that they want a direct communication whit the players, and second that he strongly opposed 30% cut of app revenues, a standard toll for Play Store.

But now it looks like they've finally realised that it was actually not in their interest to do this, although they are reluctant to say that directly, and are blaming Google on putting them at a disadvantage instead.

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"Google puts software downloadable outside of Google Play at a disadvantage," Epic Games told Polygon, "through technical and business measures such as scary, repetitive security pop-ups for downloaded and updated software, restrictive manufacturer and carrier agreements and dealings, Google public relations characterizing third-party software sources as malware, and new efforts such as Google Play Protect to outright block software obtained outside the Google Play store."

"We hope that Google will revise its policies and business dealings in the near future, so that all developers are free to reach and engage in commerce with customers on Android and in the Play Store through open services, including payment services, that can compete on a level playing field."

It's worth mentioning that the game will still be available through direct download as it was till now, and Epic Games will continue to support players playing the game in this manner, but you can now also download Fortnite on Goole Play Store.