Epic Games Tim Sweeney has told GamesIndustry.biz that Fortnite will not be available to download through the Google Play Store, with Epic deciding to for direct downloads from its own installer on Android devices instead. The decision was made after Epic Games found that the 30% revenue cut policy Google has on the Play Store was too high, and could not be fully justified for the platform. The other reason given was to have a more direct link with players.
Tim Sweeney said:
“The 30 per cent store tax is a high cost in a world where game developers’ 70 per cent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games… on open platforms, 30 per cent is disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform, such as payment processing, download bandwidth, and customer service.”
Epic Games do have experience with their own digital storefront and recently cut its revenue share of sales down to 12%, as well as paying developers retroactively with the new figure applied. So Fortnite will be on Android but you won’t be able to find it on the Google Play Store at all, so don’t click on any dodgy apps purporting to be the game.