Google telling users that the Play Store doesn't have Fortnite

Last week, Epic Games announced it was bringing Fortnite to Android, making it first available exclusively for Samsung users. Yes, that's right - Epic has the ability to not only ban accounts but can also pull unique device identifiers and make sure that those devices can't access its server. In fact, the message is unique to Fortnite; the store does not list similar messages for other unavailable apps.

Fortnite is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC, as well as iOS and, now, Android devices.

Since launching in an invite-only beta on March 15, Epic Games has grossed more than $180M from Fortnite's iOS version. However, it arrived in a way that nobody expected - being exclusive to Samsung devices initially and to be made available as a non-Google Play download.

Researchers add that Epic Games could be swarmed by complaints from users who want to play the game, safely download it, or are not aware of installing APKs on their phones.

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In a move I've never seen before, and can't find any example of happening in the past, the Google Play Store now directly addresses the lack of Fortnite on the service.

It isn't necessarily Epic's fault if a user bypasses the official Fortnite installer and downloads an APK from the internet but it could have been avoided. Navigate to the location where the APK file is placed and tap on it to install.

Google is taking special steps to let Google Play users know they'll have to go outside of the centralized app store to download Fortnite onto their Android device. However, most app developers choose to pay Google's platform fees because they feel that their app will not be found by enough users without a presence on Google Play. Following the raving success of PUBG on Android, Tencent is testing out a lighter version of the game for low-end smartphones, which is soon to be released in India after some field tests.

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