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Why 'Fortnite' bypassing Google Play could be a security nightmare

11 August 2018

Epic Games' Fortnite will definitely not go through the usual distribution channels, as the developer announced that downloading the game via Google Play Store will not be possible. Thankfully, the Play Store is finally doing something about it.

Fortnite is the biggest mobile game release since Pokemon GO, but unlike Pokemon GO, you can't download it from the Google Play Store.

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The game, for now, is available exclusively on Samsung devices through the company's app store.

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This week, much has been made of the fact that the Android version of Fortnite will not be available through the Google Play marketplace. Perhaps the developer intends to profit from the first early wave of adopters, which will be massive given the time users have waited for the game to arrive on Android. While a version for Android was in the works, malware creators preyed on those Android users looking for a game that, unbeknownst to them, had yet to be released for their device. However, the millions of kids who just want to play the latest and greatest game probably aren't aware of that.

Even more concerning than the malware threat with just Fortnite for Android, however, is what this could mean for other app developers going forward. Check out our guide below to see how to install Fortnite for Android.

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Why 'Fortnite' bypassing Google Play could be a security nightmare