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Fortnite Android will launch as Galaxy Note 9 exclusive at first

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Fortnite Battle Royale, iOS version

It appears that Samsung and Epic Games have struck some kind of a timed exclusivity deal for their flagship products, whereby Epic Games will be launching Fortnite for Android initially exclusively for Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 9.

The deal is said to be a timed 30-day one, after which Samsung and Epic will probably shake hands over a billion dollars and move on. Even though it's still technically a rumour at this point, Galaxy Note 9 is expected to launch on 24 August 2018.

I honestly applaud the soul credited for the idea of Epic and Samsung teaming up in this manner, because it makes sense on many levels. Business wise, Samsung wants as glorious launch as possible and what better way than being the first company with access to the Android version of the most popular game in the world - Fortnite.

Epic and Fortnite, on the other hand, both get massive exposure in what will surely prove to be a hefty Samsung-owning player base. Moreover, the company gets to deploy Fortnite's Android version on a smaller scale, ramping it up as they go.

Epic will be invariably maintaining full control over Fortnite's initial Android iterations, ensuring the game is properly polished before it deploys to the rest of Androidia. This also happens to be how you go about development of complex multiplayer games, so we guess both companies killed an exponentially increasing number of birds with two procedurally generated stones.

So, Galaxy Note 9's launch on 24 August could mean we'll be seeing Fortnite's all-inclusive Android launch on September 24 2018, depending on when Fortnite actually launches on Note 9. It is said that Samsung will reward preorderers with anywhere from $100 to $150 in V-Bucks, although nothing is official at this point. Hopefully, not for long.

Epic GamesHands holding a phone running Fortnite: Battle Royale iOSFortnite Battle Royale, iOS version

Coincidentally or not, the whole Fortnite: Save the Samsung rumour was reported by 9to5Google and XDA-developers at the same time, which does make it look more credible. But honestly, even if it turns out to be nothing but a rumour - someone from Samsung or Epic should take Note and make it happen.