• Google will lose $50 million or more from Fortnite bypassing the Play Store

    7 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    When Fortnite Battle Royale launched on Android, it made an unusual choice: it bypassed Google Play in favor of offering the game directly from Epic Games' own website. Most apps and games don't have the luxury of making this choice - the built-in distribution Google Play offers is critical to their business. But Epic Games believes its game is popular enough and has a strong enough draw to bring players to its website for the Android download instead. In the process, it's costing Google around $50 million this year in platform fees, according to a new report.
    As of its Android launch...
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  • Google isn't sure how to spell “Fortnite Battle Royale”

    Google isn't sure how to spell “Fortnite Battle Royale”

    7 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    The launch of Fortnite Battle Royale has left Google in a slight predicament. While Google is in no way hard up for cash , Fortnite Battle Royale for Android certainly represented the potential for a relatively big revenue stream for an app. That is, until Epic Games decided it would launch Fortnite for Android from its own website , circumventing the Play Store.
    But revenue aside, there's also the matter of Google probably not liking the idea of huge titles circumventing the Play Store as a precedent. Plus, the lack of Fortnite Battle Royale within the Play Store poses a slight security...
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