Google Play shows warning to anyone searching for Fortnite APKs

Google Play shows warning to anyone searching for Fortnite APKs

A dispute between Epic Games and Google means gamers are unable to download Fortnite through the Google Play Store. Not so for owners of supported Galaxy devices.

It's been less than a week since Samsung announced that Fortnite for Android would be exclusive to its Galaxy devices, but that limited exclusivity is already over.

That Google felt the need to insert a specific warning for "fortnite" searches on Google Play suggests heavy search interest in the ultra-popular game among Android users (Google has yet to respond to a request for comment from Ars Technica on this matter).

When Epic Games brings its hugely popular battle royale game "Fortnite" to some Android smartphones and tablets later this month (it's now available on select Samsung devices only), it won't distribute it on Google Play. The app will also be required for updates to the game on Android, just like it is on the Windows platform.

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Epic's decision not to use the Google Play Store could be massive for Google; the company stands to miss out on at least £50 million of projected sales revenue as a result. "You should look carefully at the source of software you're installing, and only install software from sources you trust".

It isn't necessarily Epic's fault if a user bypasses the official Fortnite installer and downloads an APK from the internet but it could have been avoided. The warning also does not appear when searching the Google Play store through a Web browser.

While the App Store allows users to only download an app, Android users have the option of downloading APKs (Android Package Kits) and other external files from anywhere on the internet. However, underneath this message is a link to the Android version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, which is available via Google Play.

Fortnite users are advised to take care when downloading the game.

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