Why 'Fortnite' bypassing Google Play could be a security nightmare


"Digital Wellbeing is now available in Beta Preview for devices running Android 9.0", the app's listing on the Google Play Store notes.

Internet security experts usually urge mobile phone users to only download apps from official stores like Google Play and Apple's App Store. Folks over at Sensor Tower (picked up by TechCrunch), estimate that Epic Games' decision to offer Fortnite exclusively through its website will cost Google an approximate $50 million until the end of 2018 due to lost Play Store revenue. To ensure everyone knows it seems Google has taken steps to advise people the app is not available on Google Play when they search for it. That's easy to do if you're a Fortnite fan with an iOS device. The web Play Store does not have this feature, though.

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Yes, Google misspelled the name of the game - it's "Royale", not "Royal". The game will instead be available from Epic's servers cutting Google out completely. In addition to that, users who pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 between August 10, and August 23 will get the option to either choose 15,000 V-bucks (in-game currency) with Fortnite Galaxy skin or a pair of AKG noise-canceling headphones.

Epic Games and Samsung also provided a list of devices that will be compatible with Fortnite Beta. He also shared a screengrab of the Play Store message on his August 9 post. Epic probably thinks that having the most popular game in the world gives it enough reach to go its own way.

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Fake games on the Play Store have been a problem for some time.

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