Fortnite has been available for Android for 18 months, but it wasn’t until today that Epic Games decided to distribute the game via the Play Store. The developer responsible for the battle royale makes this decision because the Google’s technology puts at a disadvantage through security warnings any game or software for Android that is not downloaded and installed through the Play Store.
“After 18 months of operating on Android outside of the Google Play Store, we have come to a conclusion,” says Epic Games. “Google puts software that is downloaded beyond Google Play at a disadvantage, through technical and business measures such as repetitive and frightening security pop-ups […], restrictive agreements and deals with manufacturers and operators, malware labeling for third-party software, and Google Play Protect’s efforts to block any software obtained outside the Google Play Store.
The fact that Fortnite is available through the Play Store also means that Google will take 30 % of all revenue generated by the game for Android. This commission, which is earned by the technology and considered “disproportionate” by Epic Games, was one of the reasons why the popular battle royale was not distributed, until today, through the official Android store. However, it was available in the App Store where the deal (equally criticized) with Apple is the same.