CARY — Epic Games will not distribute the Android version of its blockbuster hit through the Google Play Store, the company said Friday. It will instead deliver the game via the official Fortnite website which will allow users to download a Fortnite installer program.
While Epic has not officially announced the release date for the Android version of Fortnite, reports have said it may launch with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 smartphone August 9.
The company did release the iOS version through Apple’s App Store. Google, however, has a more open system that makes it easier for Epic to distribute the Android version from its own site, avoiding paying Google a 30 percent slice.
Fortnite can be played free but in-game purchases have already exceeded $1 billion. The game is primary reason Epic’s valuation has soared to $8 billion.
Epic CEO Tim Sweeny told tech news site “The Verge” that Google’s 30 percent “store tax” is disproportionate to the services the store performs and is too high since the game developer’s 70 percent has to cover the cost of creating, operating and supporting their games.
On iOS, Fortnite made $15 million in its first three weeks available. On all platforms, the game has more than 125 million registered players (as of June).
Google has not yet responded regarding Epic’s plans.
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