Google Makes Embarrassing Error Following Fortnite Android Release

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Instead of making the game available through Google's Play Store, it chose to place it directly on its website - effectively bypassing the Play Store and ensuring that no share of the revenue that Epic will earn from Fortnite goes to Google. Epic Games is handling the distribution itself, so searches for Fortnite in the Play Store turn up a lot of junk that isn't the game.

Note that you will need to wait about 24 hours after doing so for the app to actually work: When it does, you will see a Digital Wellbeing entry appear in Settings. Subsequently, once this wave starts to subside, the company will then bring Fortnite on Play Store. Fortnite won't even be available for download on the Play store. Look closely at that message and one will notice that Fortnite Battle Royale is spelled incorrectly, as the word "Royal" is missing an "e".

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Epic Games has opted to launch the game first on Samsung phones - the beta is live now for most high-end Samsung phones launched in the last two or three years.

While this move will make Epic Games more money than otherwise, it will also set up a unsafe precedent for Google. Most developers just deal with that because having your title in the Play Store makes it easier to reach a large audience.

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It's possible Epic Games will eventually decide to add Fortnite to the Play Store. As spotted by a Reddit user, searching for Fortnite or Fortnite Battle Royale will yield a warning saying the game isn't available on the Play Store.

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