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Epic Games' Fortnite will definitely not go through the usual distribution channels, as the developer announced that downloading the game via Google Play Store will not be possible.

Whatever the case is, Google's open-source ideology will cost it $50 million over the course of the year should Epic not bring Fortnite on the Play Store.

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An APK for Fortnite on Android has been leaked, allowing some players to play the game on their Android devices before it has officially released. Additionally, to download files outside of Play Store requires users to tinker around with security permissions. Pirated and stolen versions of apps are often released via APK's. Perhaps the developer intends to profit from the first early wave of adopters, which will be massive given the time users have waited for the game to arrive on Android. Fortnite won't even be available for download on the Play store. With the option on Android to release its app without going through Google's official channel, they also skip having to give Google a slice of the in-game purchase pie.

Because there are no Android servers yet, this is the only way for Android players to get into a live game now.

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Epic Games' free-to-play multiplatform game just crossed the billion-dollar threshold thanks to in-game purchases where players pay upgrades to customize their characters.

Malware could infect Android users looking to play Fortnite in a myriad of ways.

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Fortnite has grossed more than $180 million so far on iOS devices, where it has been available exclusively since launching March 15 in an invite-only beta that later expanded to all App Store users.

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