Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Technology | By Nina Perez

Why 'Fortnite' bypassing Google Play could be a security nightmare

Why 'Fortnite' bypassing Google Play could be a security nightmare

But when the game opens up to all Android devices in the coming days, gamers won't find the app in the official Google Play Store.

The game, for now, is available exclusively on Samsung devices through the company's app store.

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. Unfortunately, the very fact that it arrived what feels to us to be earlier than expected may explain one glaring omission - Digital Wellbeing, one of the features touted as the big improvement added to Android 9 Pie, is simply missing.

If you're running Android 9 Pie on a compatible phone, you can download Digital Wellbeing now from the Google Play Store. Fortnite will be available eventually, you just have to be patient.

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Fake games on the Play Store have been a problem for some time.

Fortnite has generated over $180 million in just a few months when it was made available in late March. That 30 percent revenue cut is the same for Google Play.

Unaffected by this commission, Fortnite Android could well rake in even more for Epic Games, but it will need to do so without the controls and security that would otherwise be provided by Google's system. So now when you will search for the keywords such as "Fortnite", "Fortnite Mobile" or "Fortnite Battle Royal" on Google Play app on Android, it'll show you a message - "Fortnite Battle Royal by Epic Games, Inc is not available on Google Play".

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