Not Having ‘Fortnite’ Could Cost Google At Least $50 Million This Year

Pauline Obrien
August 16, 2018

Fortnite Battle Royale is now in beta mode on Android, beginning with selected Samsung Galaxy devices, though it has grossed more than $180 million having launched on iOS in March 15.

Using its Twitter handle, Fortnite has confirmed that the Android beta program is now open to more non-Samsung phones, including the Pixels, Huawei's and even the Essential Phone. Because the game is still not available on Google Play store, the official app store for Android devices. This is why the installer for "Fortnite Android" will ask players to turn off the access that it was granted while installing the app once it is done.

The message appears to be new and unique to Fortnite searches-looking for other popular titles that aren't available on Google Play and/or Android phones doesn't result in the same warning.

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While there is no exact figure on how many children play Fortnite, the game has so far pulled in an audience of over 125 million players.

Should Epic Games prove there is life without Google, the ripples in the app economy might start turning into waves before; everyone likes saving cash.

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Epic Games has teased the latest weapon making its way to Fortnite: Battle Royale, the Heavy Sniper rifle.

Fortnite is free to play in Battle Royale mode, where 100 players are dropped onto a small island and left to forage and battle it out until the last person is standing. For Tencent, owner of Epic Games, this will certainly be an interesting exercise. After downloading the game, the game posts a notification to users reminding them to; "make their device as secure as possible"; by disabling the permission settings which had to be changed to allow the game to be downloaded in the first place.

You may want to watch out for the newest Fortnite weapon. The main disadvantage is that you make it much tougher for your game to be discovered.

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Over the rest of 2018, Sensor Tower believes Fortnite will have gained at least $50 million in revenues that would otherwise have been paid out to Google. Mobile users have been trained to go to their device's app marketplace to acquire games, causing most app developers to choose to pay Google's platform fees despite having options to avoid it entirely. The game earned $100 million in its first 90 days on iOS.

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