Confirming a leak that surfaced earlier this week, Epic Games says that its upcoming Android release for Fortnite will not use Google Play as a distribution platform. Instead, phone users download an installer from Epic’s website and install the game directly, bypassing Google’s store completely. “Epic’s goal is to bring its games directly to customers. We believe gamers will benefit from competition among software sources on Android,” says Tim Sweeney. “Competition among services gives consumers lots of great choices and enables the best to succeed based on merit.”
The situation is somewhat similar to how Fortnite operates on PC, where Epic took the decision to bypass Steam and deliver the game via its own launcher and account system. To show us how the installation procedure works, Epic Games sent us a Samsung Galaxy S9+ with access to a special press area on its website (which we suspect may have been the source for the recent leak), where we could download and install the game.
The installation procedure is relatively painless, though a touch more convoluted than using Google Play. The installer is downloaded as a standard APK file that, when run, prompts users to adjust their security settings (for that file only) in order to allow it to install the full game. There’s a similar procedure in adjusting permissions when running Fortnite itself for the first time, but after that, the title sits on your smartphone and loads up exactly like any standard game you may have grabbed from Google Play. In the week that we’ve had Fortnite installed on the S9+, the game has been updated and patched – this was all done seamlessly when booting the title and no further security settings adjustments were required.
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