Google Play notifies gamers ’Fortnite’ not available on Play Store

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Yesterday, Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 9, choosing to focus on a wide variety of features for an upgrade instead of the device's overall external design.

Epic Games has opted to launch the game first on Samsung phones - the beta is live now for most high-end Samsung phones launched in the last two or three years. Google has typically encouraged users to download apps through the Play Store for security purposes, although the company has remained oddly silent about this, at least until now. That's easy to do if you're a Fortnite fan with an iOS device.

This stands in contrast to the iOS version of Fortnite, which is available to download right from Apple's App Store.

The message doesn't actually tell users where they can "safely" download the game, nor the status of the game as a beta, and as an exclusive for Samsung devices for the time being.

The message that pops up says that "Fortnite Battle Royal by Epic Games, Inc is not available on Google Play". That 30 percent revenue cut is the same for Google Play. You still need Digital Wellbeing installed on a Pixel phone running Pie for this to work.

Malware could infect Android users looking to play Fortnite in a myriad of ways. It's a big pie for Epic games, which has made over $1 Billion in revenue from in-app Fortnite purchases (for both PC and mobile ) by the start of this month.

So in reality, Fortnite still isn't available to everyone, but that could be Epic Games trying to manage the load on its servers get the players in gradually without ruining the gaming experience for the existing users.

Even more concerning than the malware threat with just Fortnite for Android, however, is what this could mean for other app developers going forward.

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