Fortnite mobile game release for Android is getting really close as they step up their preparations by partnering with Samsung. Epic Games, the creator of the battle royale games announced that the game would be available this summer and also stated that the game would only be for high-end Android devices.
Samsung has partnered with Epic Games to bring the game to its loyal customers. According to XDA Developers, the game will be exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for 30 days and will remain a Samsung Galaxy exclusive for up to an additional three months.
Part of the exclusivity deal reportedly involves Epic Games giving away V-Bucks, skins, emotes, and more to those who pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy smartphone. We have now found evidence that Epic Games will be giving 15,000 V-Bucks to users who pre-order the Galaxy Note 9.
According to them,
XDA Junior Member thesbros, an expert at data-mining, found evidence for this promotion from Epic Games’ own website. He did so by querying the entitlement API, which is responsible for determining if a user is “entitled” to certain promotions and services. For example, if you have the entitlement “Fortnite_Android” on your Epic account, then you will be able to access the mobile game on your supported Android device. Within the JSON output are strings that explicitly mention a “Samsung Preorder 15000 V-Bucks Promo” entitlement. The only Samsung Galaxy device that we know will be available soon for pre-ordering is the Galaxy Note 9. 15,000 V-Bucks is about $150, which is within the $100-$150 range that rumors stated would be the value of pre-order promotions.
Fortnite is a free to play game with in-app purchases that can be acquired by purchasing V-Bucks. V-Bucks is used to purchase skins, battle pass, emotes, dances, pickaxes and gliders.
Ditches Google Play Store.
Meanwhile, Epic Games have made it known that Fortnite will not be available on Google Play Store. The games creator make over $1 billion through Fortnite in-app purchase and because of that, the company has opted not to distribute the game via the Google Play Store. This move is likely because like Apple, Google takes 30% cut of every transaction that takes place on its store whether app purchases or in-app transactions.
30% cut is rather much considering the cost of developing a game and also operating and supporting the game efficiently. By boycotting the playstore, they will be able to keep the full payment made through the game.
In an email to TheVerge, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeny noted that
“Epic wants to have a direct relationship with our customers on all platforms where that’s possible, The great thing about the Internet and the digital revolution is that this is possible, now that physical storefronts and middlemen distributors are no longer required. “The 30 percent store tax is a high cost in a world where game developers’ 70 percent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games,” Sweeney says.
“There’s a rationale for this on console where there’s enormous investment in hardware, often sold below cost, and marketing campaigns in broad partnership with publishers.” “Because Google Play doesn’t operate in China, the whole China Android market is already served by other direct-to-customer software sources such as Tencent’s WeChat and the Xiaomi Store,” Sweeney Added.
He also added that the company is “exploring various possibilities” for distributing Fortnite on other third-party app stores, but it has nothing to announce right now.
Boycotting stores is the approach Epic Games use for Mac and Windows platforms as it offers direct downloads from its website.
For platforms like Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Switch and Apple iOS, Epic games have no choice but to distribute the game through their respective stores and give them their cut. Never the less, the made $15m on iOS in three weeks of launch.
People are already concerned that in a bid to make more money, Epic Games maybe exposing users to security risks. Since the app will not be listed on the store, many people may be tricked to download cracked apps loaded with malware.
Installing apps outside playstore requires you to turn on unknown sources, and since Play Protect cannot verify the app, the phone will be left in an insecure state.
But the CEO is not troubled by that.
‘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,’ Sweeney told CNET.
‘With that freedom comes responsibility. You should look carefully at the source of software you’re installing, and only install software from sources you trust.’
He added that other open gaming platforms, such as Steam, Riot Games and others have been able to ‘adopt safe software practices.’
You can check the list of phones that will support Fortnite when it is released on Android. The game will beavailable for download on Epic Games website