Following its release on nearly every other major platform, Fortnite is finally arriving on Android. However, those hoping to download it through Google's app storefront are in for a surprise: the game will use its own dedicated launcher that must be downloaded directly from Epic's website.
In a frequently asked questions session with Eurogamer, Epic's Tim Sweeney provides a few reasons as to why the massively popular free-to-play online multiplayer shooter is forgoing distribution on the Google Play Store. One of the first reasons Sweeney mentions is that Epic believes "gamers will benefit from competition among software sources on Android."
In addition to this, Sweeney confirms that, if Epic had this same option for release on iOS, they would have forgone releasing on the Apple App Store as well. Sweeney states, when prompted about this method posing a security risk for those that may be deceived by a malicious installer masking itself as Fortnite, stated that users "should look carefully at the source of software [they are] installing, and only install software from sources [they] trust."
Sweeney goes on to state that this move is motivated by Epic's desire to foster "a direct relationship with [its] customers on all platforms where that's possible." He also admits that the 30% store tax imposed not only in the Google Play Store, but also on storefronts such as the iOS App Store, Nintendo eShop, PlayStation Store, Steam, and the Xbox Store, is one that Epic will avoid whenever possible. This explains why Fortnite isn't available on storefronts such as Steam or the Mac App Store.
A release date has not been confirmed, however, sites such as XDA Developers and 9to5Google are stating a rumor that the game will be formally revealed at Samsung's August 9th Galaxy Unpacked presentation as a 30-day timed exclusive for the yet-to-be-revealed Galaxy Note 9.