Google is warning Android users that it doesn’t carry Fortnite Battle Royale in the Play Store. If you search for Fortnite in the Play Store, it will return a notice from Google. “Fortnite Battle Royal by Epic Games, Inc is not available on Google Play,” the sign says, likely as a clarification to users, as first spotted by 9to5Google.
By saying upfront that the Play Store doesn’t have Fortnite, Google is attempting to protect unknowing users who might download some malicious clone of the app.
Epic Games requires users who want to run Fortnite on Android to download an APK of the beta directly from its site. The decision essentially cuts Google out of potential revenue from app purchases, which would have been a 30 percent cut.
Android settings also usually dissuade users from downloading apps from “unknown sources,” likely as another safety mechanism and a way to maintain the importance of the Play Store as the main source for apps.
The Fortnite Android installer pushes a notification when you open the app for the first time telling you to disable the unknown sources option you had to turn on to install it. pic.twitter.com/uxFJOxMCUX
— Michael West (@itsmichaelwest) August 9, 2018
Earlier today, Google misspelled Royale as “Royal,” but within a few hours, it corrected the typo. A spelling suggestion for “fortnite battle royal” remains, but that’s likely due to users misspelling the app name. The message also doesn’t give instructions on how users can download Fortnite on Android.
Fortnite on Android is not available yet for everyone. It arrived on recent Samsung devices yesterday; availability for all Android devices that can support graphics-intensive gaming is coming later this month.