Tech View: Fortnite has learned there’s no messing with the Play Store

After 18 months’ refusal to put its hit game on Google’s distribution platform – on grounds that the web giant takes too high a percentage – Epic Games has given in

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
26th April, 2020
Tech View: Fortnite has learned there’s no messing with the Play Store
The popular Fortnite game, which is now available on the Play Store after its owner Epic Games gave in to Google

Google claimed triumph last week in an epic battle that had lasted a full 18 months. Fortnite is finally on the Play Store; its creator, Epic Games, eventually relented after holding out much longer than initially expected.

Epic’s reason for not playing ball with Google directly was simple: it didn’t like that Google takes 30 per cent of payments made on games downloaded through the Play Store. Epic felt that if it was only getting 70...

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