It appears that Epic doesn’t seem to share very well. One of the wealthiest game companies in the world who created world’s most popular game, a.k.a. Fortnite, refuses to share income with Google.
If you don’t know what Fortnite is, you probably are not a human, as everyone seems to be playing this colorful take on Battle Royale formula. Part of the reason is that Fortnite is out on almost anything. It’s on PC, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and the iPhone, and it runs great on all of them.
One platform that is quite visibly missing from the list is, of course, Android. The PS4 of mobile gaming, with more than 2 billion monthly user, is missing the most played game in the world? Why? This is a question many of us asked for months, and it seems we finally have an answer.
Epic Games announced that the Android version of Fortnite will not be coming to the Google Play Store! This is quite unexpected news. To put it into perspective it’s like a PC game not coming to Steam. Pure madness, but if any game can pull it off for sure, it’s Fortnite.
Not only is it crazy, it must also be quite a big technical challenge. Google Play, apart from taking a 30% cut from the incomes of every game on its platform, also provides online gaming service in the form of Google Play Games. It’s a platform that provides real-time multiplayer gaming capabilities as well as a social platform which makes it easier for people to play with friends. Not putting Fortnite on the Google Play Store means that Epic will need to take care of all that on their behalf, which must be quite a challenge. This is also the most likely reason why the Android version of the game is taking so long. Presumably the actual port itself did not pose any issues for Epic (after all they ported Fortnite to the Switch in quite a timely fashion), but an actual client on which the game will launch could have been quite undertaking.
We still don’t know much about how (exactly) it will it work, but we do know that the client used to launch the game will be available directly from Fortnite‘s website. It’s unknown when it is coming, but we can only hope it will be soon, especially for those of us who would like to try cross-play (finally).