Fortnite for Android may be exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy series for longer than we expected

A new report suggests that the game won't come to non-Samsung Android phones for four months.

  • Published: August 3, 2018 8:07 PM IST
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Fortnite is coming to Android very soon, and it’s likely that the game will be exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on the Android platform to start with. It’s believed that Fortnite won’t come to the Google Play Store, but will instead be downloadable directly from the Epic Games website for a limited list of Android devices. And while it was initially believed that the exclusivity window for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 would be 30 days, a new report suggest that it could be much longer.

The new report by Android Headlines suggests that while the game will be exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for a period of 30 days, exclusivity may expand to the Samsung Galaxy S-series smartphones right after that, for a period of 60-90 days. It isn’t clear which Samsung Galaxy S-series devices will qualify to be compatible with the game in the second round of exclusivity, but we can assume that the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8, S9 and S9+ will be included in the list.

The point of exclusivity will be to drive sales for Samsung devices, as users who wish to play the popular online battle royale game will have to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for early access to the game. Later exclusivity will help drive sales of Samsung’s older devices, as well as offer a value-addition for customers that have already bought these devices. Eventually, after the four-month exclusivity period, Fortnite for Android will be available for other compatible Android devices from other manufacturers.

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Fortnite is currently only available on iOS, where it’s become a huge commercial success for its developer Epic Games. Along with PUBG Mobile (which is freely available on iOS and on the Google Play Store), Fortnite is one of the most popular online games around today.

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  • Published Date: August 3, 2018 8:07 PM IST