You may see Fortnite on Play Store pretty soon.
When Fortnite was released, Epic games said that they will not submit the game to the Play Store. This is because Google takes 30% of commission on every sale. That is you get $0.70 for every $1.00 of sale. And this is pretty normal I will say. Bu Epic opposed it back then.
It is assumed that to keep the 100% of cash for themselves, they included their own payment method. This means that they will not go with Google’s payment method at all. And let me tell you, adding your own payment method instead of using Google’s method is a simple violation of T&C given by Google.
And in a statement today, Google states that Epic will not get any exception, because they want the developers to participate in the same terms. That means a simple and straight No for Epic here. Also, Google defends the reason for the 30% revenue cut on every sale.
“Android enables multiple app stores and choices for developers to distribute apps. Google Play has a business model and billing policy that allow us to invest in our platform and tools to help developers build successful businesses while keeping users safe. We welcome any developer that recognizes the value of Google Play and expect them to participate under the same terms as other developers.”
Google Play Store makes sure the app’s users download are of good quality and has no malicious functionality in them. This is important because nowadays, most of the critical data are present inside a smartphone.
And the approach that Epic followed before for Fortnite, isn’t safe at all. Now, they might go the safer way?