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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


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


Epic confirms Fortnite World Cup 2021 has been canceled

Published: 5/Dec/2020 5:55

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Epic Games has confirmed that they have “no plans” for any live events next year, including Fortnite World Cup 2021, all but canceling the event. It’s something many fans expected but still feared, even though most understand it’s necessary.

Fortnite’s competitive scene is one of many that have been rocked in 2020. It was something nobody anticipated or expected, at least, in terms of how severe an impact it would have on the world.

Unfortunately, we’re not out of the woods yet, and that means there’s still a spanner in the works. Epic Games has decided it’s still too risky to host live events anytime soon.

They’ve opted to cancel all live events in 2021, including the Fortnite World Cup. They laid it all out in their latest blog post.

Epic Games Fortnite World Cup Canceled 2021
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The Fortnite World Cup is the premier event in the Fortnite competitive scene.

“Our intent is to eventually hold global in-person tournaments again, but our priority for any such event is the health and safety of our players and staff,” they said. It’s a sentiment that other organizations have shared.

“With so much still unknown about what is practical and safe, we do not plan to hold in-person events in 2021, including a Fortnite World Cup,” they added. However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any competitions at all.

“We will continue to provide online competitions throughout 2021 with the hopes that physical events, in some form, can return at some point in the future,” they said. 

It’s crazy to think that we might still be a year away from seeing LAN esports events again. However, it’s a sensible decision given the circumstances.

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Fortnite fans will need to wait at least another year before seeing a LAN tournament.

It’s bittersweet news for fans and players around the world. They’d love to see competitive LAN events in the Fortnite scene once again.

But at the same time, it’s good to know that Epic Games has everyone’s best interests at heart. They aren’t willing to risk anything, which is nice.