The developer of Fortnite has confirmed it is going to bypass the Google Play app retailer when the sport is launched for Android smartphones.
The Google Play retailer lets Android customers purchase and obtain apps utilizing a easy interface, though Google takes a 30% reduce of gross sales made.
Epic Video games’ chief govt Tim Sweeney mentioned 30% was “disproportionate” to the contribution Google made.
The studio has not but introduced when the sport will arrive on Android.
Fortnite Battle Royale sees 100 gamers land on an island to search for weapons and construct defences. The one who survives the longest wins.
The sport is free to play, though avid gamers can select to purchase beauty customisations akin to garments and dance strikes for his or her character.
Talking concerning the resolution to keep away from Google Play, Mr Sweeney instructed News website The Verge that Epic Video games wished to have a “direct relationship with our prospects on all platforms the place that is doable”.
Fortnite is already obtainable to obtain on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Swap through every platform’s official retailer. It is usually obtainable on the iPhone and iPad through Apple’s app retailer, the place Apple takes a 30% reduce of gross sales.
Nevertheless, these platforms are tightly managed, and make it troublesome for individuals to put in software program from unofficial sources.
In distinction, Fortnite could be simply put in on a PC or Mac from Epic Video games’ personal web site.
Third-party apps may also be put in on Android telephones from the online browser, if the right permissions are enabled on the handset.
Nevertheless, novice customers are sometimes discouraged from doing so, as a result of apps from unknown sources might pose a safety danger.
Faux variations of Fortnite, promising to provide Android customers entry to the sport, have been circulated on-line.
Mr Sweeney mentioned avid gamers had proved they have been “in a position to undertake protected software program practices”.
Fortnite Battle Royale has change into a worldwide hit and has greater than 125 million gamers worldwide.
Mr Sweeney mentioned Google’s 30% “retailer tax” was a “excessive price in a world the place sport builders’ 70% should cowl all the price of creating, working and supporting their video games.
“30% is disproportionate to the price of the companies these shops carry out.”