Android gamers have been itching to get their hands on Fortnite ever since the game made the jump to iOS back in April. But the developer has now confirmed that to actually play it, they’ll have to go outside Google’s Play Store distribution service. That’s going to create a lot of problems.
Fortnite Battle Royale has become a gaming sensation, a smash hit on every major gaming platform and earning an estimated $1 billion despite its free-to-play model. It’s a perfect storm of popularity, thanks to an appealing mix of conventional shooter mechanics, Minecraft-style building, and the multiplayer format du juor: a 100-player free-for-all where the last one standing wins. It’s beaten out earlier competitors in the “battle royale” genre with a cartoony art style and consistent additions to weapons and gameplay mechanics. The game dominates social media on YouTube and Twitch, and it’s so popular with teenagers and school-age children that the iOS version caused a brief panic among teachers and parents when it bowed earlier this year, a la Pokemon Go.