Sweeney says Epic has chatted to Google about their shared goal of keeping players safe on the platform and that, along with the issue of money, the move is motivated by the company's love of open platforms and the drive to have a "direct relationship" with customers on as many platforms as possible.
The most likely reason to keep Fortnite out of Google's Play Store is because Google demands a 30 percent cut for every paid app or paid feature of an app. Fortnite is a free-to-play game, but it offers plenty of in-game purchases in the form of V-Bucks.
Sweeney explained that that 30 percent cut is a lot when the developers' 70 percent has to cover the costs of development, operations, and support for their game.
The news confirms rumours that began circulating earlier in the week, but it remains to be seen how much of an encumbrance this direct distribution model will be for Android users. This means that Epic would have released Fortnite the same way on iOS, if only Apple didn't require apps to be vetted before they made it out to the public.
Most apps can't get away with making users jump through those hoops, but Fortnite, which already has more than 125 million players, presumably can.
In contrast, Fortnite can be easily installed on a PC or Mac from Epic Games' own website.
In fact over the past two years alone, numerous security vendors have found thousands of Android applications released to Google Play tainted with adware, spyware and other malicious payloads.
To us, this makes ideal sense, but it does open up players to a world of fake APKs that could potentially harm devices.
Sweeney told The Verge there are two reasons Epic made a decision to offer the game through its website instead of the Play Store. "There's a rationale for this on console where there's an enormous investment in hardware, often sold below cost, and marketing campaigns in broad partnership with publishers".
"30% is disproportionate to the cost of the services these stores perform".
Once Fortnite is released on Android, users will have to visit the Fortnite official website and download a special installer. The Cupertino company does not allow for installation of apps and games from any other third-party source other than the App Store.