Epic Games has decided to launch Fortnite on Android devices, but have made it difficult for players to get their hands on the Battle Royale game.
Most apps are downloaded from the Google Play Store, but a price conflict between Google and Epic Games means players will have to download Fortnite from the Epic Games website.
The decision to force gamers to download Fortnite online instead of on the Store has opened Android users up to online scammers offering fake versions of the game.
Express.co.uk gives you a full download guide for Fortnite on your Android device.
How to download Fortnite on Android
Fortnite is expected to drop on Android devices this week, with an exclusive launch on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Reports suggest the plan is to launch the game to a general audience sometime in September.
Instead of heading over to the Google Play Store, players will instead have to go to the Epic Games official website on their phone.
When the game launches to a wider audience, Fortnite players will be able to click on the link on the website and download the full version of Fortnite to their device.
Fortnite is free-to-play, so there are no costs involved, but it means that any microtransaction purchases you make will go directly to Epic Games, rather than to Google.
This method of download opens Android users up to scammers and potentially dangerous links to get the game.
Users who download apps through the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store can trust the file to be legitimate because Google is promoting it on their official store.
However, downloading games from websites could mean players are getting unofficial versions or the links may be corrupted by online scammers.
Research suggests scammers are tricking Fortnite players out of more than $ 1 million each year through fake, corrupted links.
A blog post accompanying the research said: “When something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
“The perpetrators are abusing the fact that online players of Battle Royale games may be very eager to get free in-game currency and items, and are willing to go to pretty risky lengths to get hold of them.”
Why can’t you download Fortnite on the Google Play Store?
Epic Games has decided to release the popular Battle Royale shooter on their official website rather than through the Google Play Store.
Google takes a 30 percent cut of any sales made through the Store, a price that Epic Games were unwilling to pay.
Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney explained: “Epic’s goal is to bring its games directly to customers.
“We believe gamers will benefit from competition among software sources on Android. Competition among services gives consumers lots of great choices and enables the best to succeed based on merit.”
Ironically, Apple charges the same fee for promoting games and apps on the iOS App Store.