Google Play Store warns users about potential fake Fortnite downloads

Google Play Store warns users about potential fake Fortnite downloads

Is Google Play really that much safer?

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

The Fortnite beta for Android was announced yesterday during the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney.

It's possible Epic Games will eventually decide to add Fortnite to the Play Store. Epic Games is handling the distribution itself, so searches for Fortnite in the Play Store turn up a lot of junk that isn't the game.

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Malicious developers have already been targeting Android users looking to download Fortnite. No-name developers often blatantly rip off aspects of popular games like their names and app icons off, misleading people who don't know better to install them. The game is available on PC and Mac, home consoles like Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, and even launched on iOS earlier in March for iPhone and iPad users.

Note that you will need to wait about 24 hours after doing so for the app to actually work: When it does, you will see a Digital Wellbeing entry appear in Settings.

Google's cut is 30% of all user purchases made on the Play Store, same as Apple's for the App Store.

Epic Games confirmed that it would be coming to Android "this summer", but then it all went a bit quiet, leaving Android users scrambling for any info they could on when they might get their hands on it. The company looked to target two birds with one stone as it upgraded the S-Pen and made sure that Fortnite for Android became an exclusive for the Note 9.

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