Fortnite Android APK launch: Beware the download

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New information points to Fortnite being exclusively available to Samsung devices for up to 90 days after the Note 9 exclusive ends.

Despite the unusal move to avoid the Play Store, Sweeney doesn't think fans will have a hard time finding the game.

The Note 9 is likely to get announced on August 9th and we would estimate the exclusivity lasting for a month or so. Considering the huge cost of running millions of constant online games that is a model that shouldn't make sense but Epic has been quite brilliant in how it makes money from the game: it allows players to buy in-game currency that then allows you to customize how your characters look in the game, and it charges "battle passes" - now $10 - that open up a wide variety of fun challenges within the game with rewards for their completion.

On Monday we reported that Epic, the creator of popular Battle Royale title Fortnite, could be planning to circumvent the Google Play Store with the game's Android release.

Epic has shared a few more details about the upcoming Android release of Fortnite.

Fortnite is already available to download on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch via each platform's official store. First, Epic wants to have a "direct relationship" with its customers, claiming the "Internet and the digital revolution" has made that process easier than ever.

"The 30 percent store tax is a high cost in a world where game developers' 70 percent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games", Sweeney said.

Sweeney was also one of the original and most vocal critics of the Microsoft Store and the Universal Windows Platform, arguing that they would enable Microsoft to control what apps and games Windows users can install on their machines.

Ars was unable to confirm the legitimacy of the image, but XDA's report cites the final sentence, about app installation, by reprinting the source code that it pulled up on Sunday. Considering the iOS version of Fornite made over United States dollars $15 million since its release 3 weeks ago, there's a lot of cash to be made.

"On open platforms, 30 per cent is disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform, such as payment processing, download bandwidth, and customer service".

"Open platforms are an expression of freedom: the freedom of users to install the software they choose, and the freedom of developers to release software as they wish", he says, adding that gaming has been successful on the open PC platform through many outlets including Steam,, Riot Games, Good old Games, and The Cupertino company does not allow for installation of apps and games from any other third-party source other than the App Store.

When Fortnite for Android finally arrives, you won't be getting it from the Play Store.