Free-to-play battle royale game, Fortnite, will soon be launching on Android. The game made by Epic Games is expected to debut alongside the launch of Galaxy Note 9 on August 9 in New York as an exclusive for Samsung’s flagship smartphone. Interestingly, Epic Games has already revealed that the game won’t be available via Google Play Store and will rather be distributed via Fortnite‘s own website.
While it was reported that the game will be exclusive to Galaxy Note 9, a report from XDA Developers suggests the game will also be available on Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, which was launched early this week. The most important thing uncovered from the Fortnite Mobile for Android installer APK is that it will use Samsung’s In-App Purchase SDK, the one also contained within Galaxy Apps, the native app store developed by the South Korean company to handle all in-app payments.
This suggests that Epic Games will rely on Galaxy Apps to distribute the game for compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphones. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney recently confirmed that it will skip Google Play Store and distribute its much talked about game via its own website. Most analysts see the move as a way to get rid of Google’s 30 percent cut on in-app purchases. However, this new revelation suggests that Epic Games is not entirely getting rid of app stores for distribution of Fortnite.
The Fortnite Mobile APK was first discovered by XDA Junior Member thesbros and the publication notes that the installer is for version 5.20 of Fortnite. The APK and Fortnite Battle Royale related data can be downloaded and installed but the game will not run unless the account is being whitelisted by Epic Games. The report so far indicates that Fortnite will be exclusive on Galaxy devices for up to four months.
The approach here seems to suggest that Epic is sidelining the Google Play Store, but is also making it easy for Galaxy owners to download and install the app. The distribution through Galaxy apps means Samsung users will not need to sideload the app and go through the process of accepting installation through outside sources.
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Like Google, Samsung also requires developers to share 30 percent of the app revenue with it when they distribute their application through Galaxy apps. It also has a program called “Galaxy App Partner” where the developers stands to take 80 percent of the total revenue. In the case of Epic Games, Samsung might have offered even more favorable terms including 100 percent of the revenue in favor of exclusive access to the game. In order to install Fortnite, Samsung Galaxy owners will need to have version 4.3.01.7 of the Galaxy apps installed on their smartphone. The codes also runs checks if the manufacturer system property is ‘Samsung’ and will likely block all non-Samsung devices.