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Fortnite launches on Google Play as Epic slams company's practices

Published: 21:32, 21 April 2020
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It's been 18 months since Epic Games circumvented Google Play and made Fortnite available for Android users, but Sweeney and Co finally budged. They did, however, issue a lengthy statement explaining why.

Note that there will be no changes to the current version of Epic's popular battle royale. It will continue to operate parallel to the new Google Play edition, so existing Fortnite Android players have nothing to worry about. 

Epic's beef with Google lies in the 30 per cent cut the company charges for being on the Google Play store and Epic's CEO Tim Sweeney didn't mince words then, or now, how much he opposes this. 

Granted, Epic are the one who gave in first, which means they'll have to pay up, but their statement is quite critical of Google, to put it mildly.

"Google puts software downloadable outside of Google Play at a disadvantage, through technical and business measures such as scary, repetitive security pop-ups for downloaded and updated software, restrictive manufacturer and carrier agreements and dealings, Google public relations characterizing third-party software sources as malware, and new efforts such as Google Play Protect to outright block software obtained outside the Google Play store", they wrote. 

Sweeney has openly criticised Google of boasting and advertising Android as an open platform, insisting that in truth - there's nothing open about it. Speaking at the Dice Summit in Las Vegas, he accused Google's and Facebook's business models as "customer-adversarial", insisting that this will have to change eventually. 

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It stands to reason that the 70-30 split will change eventually, but we're not sure whether Epic's playing along with Google is a step forward here. Fortnite's mobile players sound like they're the ones to benefit the most, though, as they won't be bothered by messages of their phones being at risk. 

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