Fortnite Avoiding the Play Store Will Cause Google to Miss out on "At Least $50 Million" - Dexerto
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Fortnite Avoiding the Play Store Will Cause Google to Miss out on “At Least $50 Million”

Published: 11/Aug/2018 16:49 Updated: 11/Aug/2018 22:58

by Calum Patterson

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Fortnite is finally available on Android, in its beta stage, but Google could be the biggest losers after Epic Games’ decision to avoid using the Google Play store.

Epic Games, developer of the immensely popular battle royale game, decided not to go through the Play Store for the application on Android phones, instead using its own launcher.

It is a decision likely motivated by Google’s 30% cut on all microtransactions, and since revenue generated by Fortnite comes from solely from mictrotransactions, Epic Games are unsurprisingly unwilling to hand a chunk of this to Google.

So the Android download of Fortnite is done directly through Epic’s own website. Currently, priority is being given to Samsung users and selected other devices – see the full list here.

The consequences of Epic Games decision for Google then, are quite severe. Such is the popularity of Fortnite and its microtransaction monetization model.

Analytics from Sensor Tower estimated a loss of at least $50 million for Google, for the remainder of 2018 alone.

Fortnite on iOS has so far generated more than $180 million, of which Apple has received nearly $54 million through its 30% commission.

Unaffected by this commission, Fortnite Android could well rake in even more for Epic Games, but it will need to do so without the controls and security that would otherwise be provided by Google’s system.

Sensor Tower also points out that by ‘circumventing’ the Google Play Store, Epic will make it more difficult for users of older Android devices to download Fortnite.

“We expect this to have some impact on downloads of the game, but not to a large enough degree as to affect its revenue potential in the long run.”

Source: Sensor Tower

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How to watch Fortnite’s J Balvin Afterlife Party: Event time & rewards

Published: 31/Oct/2020 16:12

by Connor Bennett

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Epic Games have confirmed that a Fortnitemares Afterlife Party event with J Balvin is set to rock the Main Stage in Party Royale. Here’s what you need to know.

Over the years, as Fortnite has grown more and more in popularity, Epic Games have teamed up with TV shows, movies, and musicians for a number of live events. 

This has included everything from something as simple as a DJ playing a few songs from their living room to showing off new trailer for a Star Wars movie. Though, it’s stretched all the way to Travis Scott having a jaw-dropping concert live event too. 

With Fortnitemares now being live, the next event will involve Colombian artist J Balvin debuting a new song during an ‘Afterlife’ concert. So, here’s everything you need to know. 

What time is the J Balvin event in Fortnite?

Just like a number of other events in Fortnite, there will be an initial showing before a number of encore shows so that everyone has the chance to get involved. 

The initial J Balvin show will get underway on Saturday, October 31st at 9 pm EDT/1 am GMT/6 pm PDT and 2 am CEST. Though, if you miss the live showing, there will be two other showings.

The first replay, according to Epic, will happen a day later on Sunday, November 1st at a much reasonable time for European fans – 1 pm EDT/6 pm BST/10 am PDT and 7 pm CEST. The second replay will be five hours later on the same day. 

How to get J Balvin Party Trooper Fortnite skin

While these events have, sometimes, given all players free rewards, the J Balvin event will be a little different. 

Instead, anyone who owns the Party Trooper skin that attends the Afterlife Party will unlock an exclusive J Balvin style. However, you don’t have to wear the skin to the event to unlock it, you just have to own it. 

Screenshot of the J Balvin Fortnite skin style for Party Trooper
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Party Trooper skin owners will get an exclusive J Balvin style for attending the event.

Where to find the J Balvin event in Fortnite

If you want to watch the event, as we’ve already noted, it’ll happen inside Party Royale. That’s slightly different to the usual Battle Royale and Creative modes. 

To access it, you’ll want to select the Party Royale game mode in the lobby screen and then search when the event goes live in the menus. Be sure to get in early for the live showing as you don’t want to miss out!

  1. Load up Fortnite
  2. Enter the Battle Royale lobby screen but change the playlist to Party Royale
  3. Search for a game and wait
  4. Once inside, head over to the Main Stage area on the east of the island and enjoy!
Fortnite's party royale map
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The Main Stage is where you’ll be able to find the Fortnite music events.

Obviously, you won’t be able to drop in and watch the show until the date and time that Epic has revealed, so don’t try and get involved too early. 

If you manage to get in, though, make sure to enjoy it and get involved with the party.