Google Makes Embarrassing Error Following Fortnite Android Release

Angelica Greene
August 11, 2018

When searching for Fortnite in Google Play on your Android device (Note: this doesn't appear on Google Play on the web), you'll now be presented with a message from Google advising you that the app is not available on Google Play.

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Fortnite has grossed more than $180 million so far on iOS devices, where it has been available exclusively since launching March 15 in an invite-only beta that later expanded to all App Store users.

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All Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Galaxy Tab S4 users will get an exclusive Fortnite Galaxy skin that can help them stand apart in the game.

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Interestingly, the company seems to have misspelled the title of the game, referring to it as Fortnite Battle Royal, which is missing the letter E in the word Royale. You'll get the customized search results even if you misspell the game's name, so Google must be getting a ton of Fortnite searches. Sensor Tower estimates that Apple has made more than $54 million from the game so far via its 30 percent cut of all in-app spending on its store. According to Epic, it would have likewise offered Fortnite for iOS through its own website if it were able to, but the closed nature of Apple's ecosystem prevented that. But when the game opens up to all Android devices in the coming days, gamers won't find the app in the official Google Play Store. The first thing I did once Fortnite's beta went live for Samsung users yesterday was to look for a some kind of hack so I could play it on my Pixel 2.

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