Fortnite is no doubt the most popular online battle royale game, and it is soon coming to Android devices. Recent rumors have suggested the game to be unveiled alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on August 9. There is also a good chance that the game will be Galaxy Note 9 exclusive for the first 30 days, with the exclusivity being expanded to other Galaxy S-series of smartphones for 3 months. However, after that period of time, the game is said to be available for download on Android devices. But there is a catch.
In the past few days, there were rumors that Epic Games was planning to ditch Google Play Store and instead make the game available on its official website through an APK. Now the company CEO Tim Sweeney has confirmed the same to The Verge, stating that the game will be available for download through an official Fortnite Installer program on Epic Games’s website.
The CEO was quoted saying, “Epic wants to have a direct relationship with our customers on all platforms where that’s possible.” Of course, another reason for the company to take this step is to not share revenue with Google. By not choosing Google Play Store, the company saves about 30 percent of revenue, which is what Google demands from other apps. While Fortnite is free, the game makes most of its profits through in-app purchases.
That said, distributing an app outside of Google Play store does raise some security questions. However, Sweeney doesn’t seem to be concerned about them. The CEO hopes gamers to adopt safe software practices, further citing the open PC platform sources such as Steam and Battle.net. He also stated that Android’s permission system will help protect users, informing them in advance of what the app will be allowed to do.
That said, a full list of Android devices that will support the game still hasn’t been revealed. However, XDA-developers recently got its hands on a list of minimum hardware required to run the game. The website got access to this through an entitlement API used to decide whether an Epic account is “entitled” to certain promotions or services.
Minimum requirements to run Fortnite on Android
According to the text mentioned there, Fortnite requires the device to run Android 5.0 operating system and higher. The device should also support 3GB of RAM and more importantly Adreno 530, Mali-G71 MP20, Mali-G72 MP12 or higher GPUs. The website notes that the game is more demanding of the GPU than the CPU.
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By the list of GPU variants mentioned here, the game should be able to run on devices powered by Snapdragon 820 SoC and Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC. This also hints that flagship devices, dated up to two years from now, should be able to run the game without a problem. That said, specifications might not allow some lower end devices to support the game. Fortnite on Google is already expected to be a bigger success compared to all other platforms mostly because of the sheer number of devices running on the Android platform.