Epic Games' chief executive Tim Sweeney said 30% was "disproportionate" to the contribution Google made. It's a high cost in a world where game developers' 70 percent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games.
As for potential security risks or scams, Sweeney said "Open platforms are an expression of freedom: the freedom of users to install the software they choose, and the freedom of developers to release software as they wish". This is similar to PC, where players have to open Epic's proprietary launcher to play the game.
Asked if Epic would avoid the App Store on iOS if Apple allowed it, Sweeney answers: "Yes".
When Fortnite for Android finally arrives, you won't be getting it from the Play Store.
"Fortnite will be coming to all Android devices that are capable of running it stably and with good performance", Sweeney asserted. The code the site pulled up included Android-specific instructions, and these call for sideloading the app directly from Epic's site instead of redirecting users to a Google Play Store installation. Google uses the industry standard 30% cut, and on a game that will make tens of millions of dollars (at least) on Android alone, it's certainly tempting to go around the middleman.
So why exactly is Fortnite ditching the Google Play Store?
But so far, Android users have been unable to get in on the action.
Fortnite is one of the most popular games around right now, so regardless of its release strategy, it will find an audience. ut it will be interesting to see how the game performs outside of the Play Store - and whether or not this is a sign of things to come.
Ars was unable to confirm the legitimacy of the image, but XDA's report cites the final sentence, about app installation, by reprinting the source code that it pulled up on Sunday. One of the reasons why Pokemon GO ended support for some iOS devices is because developer Niantic wanted to keep pushing the experience further. First, Epic Games wants to maintain a direct relationship with their customers.
What do you think of Epic's decision to skip the Play Store for Fortnite for Android? Sweeney thinks that all operating systems should provide security this way, rather than allowing a single store owner to decide what users can or cannot install.
However, these platforms are tightly controlled, and make it hard for people to install software from unofficial sources.
After that yet-unknown length of time, the game will likely be available for all gamers regardless of their device.