Hours after Apple pulled Fortnite from the App Store, Google has done the same thing on Android.
Google confirms that it pulled Fortnite from the Play Store because the game “violates its policies.” It adds that it would be willing to continue its talks with Epic and bring Fortnite back to the Play Store.
Here’s Google’s full statement to The Verge:
“The open Android ecosystem lets developers distribute apps through multiple app stores. For game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users. While Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play.”
Android does allow users to install apps from outside the Play Store, so folks with an Android phone that doesn’t already have Fortnite installed can still get the game.
Epic even has a dedicated website to help Android users install Fortnite outside of the Play Store. You can go to fortnite.com/android and you’ll be walked through the process of downloading a Fortnite installer and then getting the game onto your device.
This method is actually how Fortnite originally launched on Android in 2018. At the time, Epic offered the game that way so that it could get Fortnite onto Android and get around Google’s rules that require a 30% cut of in-app purchases, and now that same method is useful for the exact same thing two years later.
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