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

Share

"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.

Arsenal v Manchester City
It's clear that Emery has attempted to instil a new philosophy at the Emirates and that has clearly started from the goalkeeper. Lehmann was part of Wenger's coaching staff past year but was let go as part of the backroom changes.

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.

Baker Mayfield, Saquon Barkley electrify in their preseason debuts
Callaway, the Browns' fourth-round pick, played despite being cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license. Mayfield finished a stellar evening 11-of-20 for 212 yards and two touchdowns.

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

Trump’s legal team rejects Mueller interview offer, counters with smaller scope
He joined the network as a senior national correspondent in January 2011, based in the Atlanta bureau. Mueller III would undermine GOP chances in November.

Share