Epic Games had to resolve to offer Fortnite for download on the Play Store and to share 30% of the income from in-app purchases with Google.
The epic game has given way. Android smartphone users can now download Fortnite directly from the Play Store. After distributing it on the website for almost a year and a half, the publisher finally decided to offer its games in the official Google store.
Apps downloaded from outside the Play Store are at a disadvantage
Although Google has verified the security of applications downloaded from the Play Store to ensure user safety, third-party applications downloaded from outside the platform are not.
In recent months, Google has implemented a variety of tools to warn the owners of Android smartphones of the dangers they face by installing apps and games from unverified sources.
Epic Games, who regrets this situation, explained that Google is making every effort to distribute its applications through unofficial channels to make its life more complicated. Mountain View has indeed stepped up its efforts to encourage Android users to download applications only from their stores. After downloading the application from an unknown source, Google will warn the user by displaying a security alert. For search engines, applications provided outside the Play Store may be malware.
In 2019, due to Google ’s built-in protection system, Google Play Protect, Google blocked the installation of more than 1.9 billion Android applications that were considered malicious from the Play Store.
Faced with all these restrictions set by the American giants, in order to avoid losing players on the way, Epic Games decided to sell their games in the Play Store. By providing installation files to download directly from their site, publishers will continue to distribute them outside the current Google Store.