The Google Play Store Now Directly Tells You Fortnite Isn't Available

Fortnite for Android reminds users to be safe, and to block installation from unknown sources

When Epic Games brings its hugely popular battle royale game "Fortnite" to some Android smartphones and tablets later this month (it's now available on select Samsung devices only), it won't distribute it on Google Play. If you have a Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8 Plus, S9, S9 Plus, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, or Tab S4 then go to Game Launcher.

LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+. If you already have one, you'll need to sign into your Epic Games account or create a new one. Of course, the company has measures in place that are supposed to stop fake versions of apps making their way to the store - or at least getting them removed quickly - but we've seen time and time again that these measures fail, thereby putting Android users at risk.

What would really be unpleasant, though, is if you (or I) download some kind of malware disguised as a modified Fortnite.APK. Searching for "Fortnite" or "Fortnite Battle Royale" won't get you anywhere.

Certain in-phone stores, like the Samsung Galaxy's store, will also offer a chance to download the game. You'll either have to download the game through Samsung's Game Launcher or from Epic's website. The Android option is now not available, but it is only a matter of days until it does.


"There is some concern that by circumventing Google Play, Epic may potentially make it more challenging for users to install "Fortnite" on devices running older Android versions, where side loading of apps isn't as straightforward as in more recent releases", he said. According to a report from SensorTower, Google could lose out on $50 million or more in fees.

Just like Apple, Google demands that developers hand over a 30 percent cut of all revenue made on apps and in-app purchases.

But PUBG Mobile is filling the void for Google in the best way possible. However, this process will limit the game to "recent high-end Android smartphone [s]".

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