Epic Games has revealed that when Fortnite eventually launches on Android, the game won’t be available through the Play Store, instead players will have to download the APK from the game’s website.
Let’s face it when games launch on Android, nine times out of ten they can be found on the Play Store. However, that won’t be the case with Epic Games’ incredibly popular battle royale game, Fortnite. Instead, players will have to sideload the app on their Android device by downloading the installer from Epic’s website.
While there are no details on when Fortnite will be gliding onto Android, rumors suggest that it’ll coincide with the launch of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9. Though this is just a rumor at this point.
The reason for ditching the Play Store is unknown, however, due to Android and Google’s fairly open nature, it’s likely that Epic would rather deal with distributing the game to Android themselves, rather than wait for any patches to go through the store. The reason for the game being on the App Store on iOS is due to there being no other way for the game to appear on iPhone and iPad.
Hopefully, Epic Games make it simple as possible for players to download Fortnite on Android, as usually, it requires users to allow the installation of apps from ‘Unknown Sources’, which not-so-tech-savvy users might be uncomfortable doing.
The Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be unveiled at a Samsung Unpacked event later this month, so I guess we’ll find out then if Fortnite‘s Android rumor is true.