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Google is making sure you know Fortnite is not on Google Play

Google is making sure you know Fortnite is not on Google Play

When searching for Fortnite in Google Play on your Android device (Note: this doesn't appear on Google Play on the web), you'll now be presented with a message from Google advising you that the app is not available on Google Play. Google has typically encouraged users to download apps through the Play Store for security purposes, although the company has remained oddly silent about this, at least until now. Folks over at Sensor Tower (picked up by TechCrunch), estimate that Epic Games' decision to offer Fortnite exclusively through its website will cost Google an approximate $50 million until the end of 2018 due to lost Play Store revenue. As such, those who search for "Fortnite" on Google Play will see a message informing them that it is unavailable on the platform.

Because there are no Android servers yet, this is the only way for Android players to get into a live game now. Below the message, Google has helpfully listed the developer account for Epic Games. On top of that, only owners of certain Samsung smartphones were able to play the game at launch.




This long waiting time has perhaps lead to some impatience, and thus users are using an APK to download Android Fortnite before it's release. It can continue to come in the form of a fake version of Fortnite, much like the way malware was attacking those looking for Fortnite for Android well before it was released. Subsequently, once this wave starts to subside, the company will then bring Fortnite on Play Store. We'll keep you updated on the latest.