One of the most popular games, Fortnite has finally taking it’s way to Google Play Store, though available since almost 18 months on the android platform. Earlier you had to sideload it through the Epic Games Store as it was not available on the official Google Play Store to download.
Epic Games clarified to public that non-Play Store version users need not worry as they will maintainance and push updates to the both the non-Play Store and Play Store versions simultaneously, in a statement given to Polygon.
Many users are surprised to know about this sudden decision of bringing Fortnite to Play Store finally. Below is a part of statement by Epic Games which clarifies the question about its sudden changeover:
After 18 months of operating Fortnite on Android outside of the Google Play Store, we’ve come to a basic realization:
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.
Because of this, we’ve launched Fortnite for Android on the Google Play Store. We’ll continue to operate the Epic Games App and Fortnite outside of Google Play, too.
We hope that Google will revise its policies and business dealings in the near future, so that all developers are free to reach and engage in commerce with customers on Android and in the Play Store through open services, including payment services, that can compete on a level playing field.
We should look forward to see what steps will Google take by changing or updating the present policies in response to the statement stated by Epic Games.
Finally, now you can download your favourite game Fortnite directly from the Play Store as other regular apps without any side loads or through Epic Games Store, for the first-time ever and play it for free as always.