It's crazy to think that as popular and lucrative Fortnite already is, it may see an influx of new players, making it an even bigger success story for Epic Games. How so? The exclusivity period for playing the Fortnite beta on Android on Samsung Galaxy devices has come to an end, and now anyone with a compatible Android phone or tablet can download the game.
Technically, the exclusivity period ended back in August. Epic Games teamed up with Samsung to offer the Fortnite beta for Android on the Galaxy Note 9, which ended around the middle of August. However, there was a catch—Android users rocking a supported handset still had to sign up for a Fortnite Android beta invitation and cross their fingers they would receive one.
That is no longer the case. Anyone with a supported Android phone can grab the installer and start building, fighting, exploring, and everything else the game entails. So, what devices are officially supported? Here's a look:
- Samsung Galaxy: S7 / S7 Edge , S8 / S8+, S9 / S9+, Note 8, Note 9, Tab S3, Tab S4
- Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
- Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V
- Essential: PH-1
- Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
- LG: G5, G6, G7 ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30+
- Nokia: 8
- OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
- Razer: Phone
- Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6 / 6 Plus, Mi 8 / 8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
- ZTE: Axon 7 / 7s, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11
- HTC: 10, U Ultra, U11/ U11+, U12+
- Lenovo: Moto Z/Z Droid, Moto Z2 Force
- Sony: Xperia XZ/Premium, Xzs, XZ1/Compact, XZ2/Premium/Compact, XZ3
Epic Games says Fortnite may still work on some Android devices that have not been validated so long as they are running Android 8.0 or higher, have 3GB or more RAM, and either an Adreno 530 GPU or higher or a Mali-G71 MP20 or Mali-G72 MP12 or higher.
This is sort of a clumsy release on Android, as Epic Games has chosen not to make Fortnite available through Google's Play Store. The developer made the decision based on money, and specifically the royalty rate that Google would receive on in-game purchases.
"Avoiding the 30 per cent ‘store tax’ is a part of Epic's motivation," said Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney. "It's a high cost in a world where game developers' 70 per cent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games. And it's disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform, such as payment processing, download bandwidth, and customer service."
The decision is a nuisance to Android users are must side-load the game onto their handsets, and a potentially huge blow to Google, which could be missing out on tens of millions of dollars that it would otherwise receive.
Nevertheless, Fortnite's massive popularity is sure to see a lot of Android users jump on board now that the invite system is kaput.