Fortnite is taking the world by storm, and Samsung – keen to sell a few more phones – is looking for ways to capitalize on its launch on mobile.
Fortnite is coming to Android in the not too distant future and word on the street suggests that Samsung might have snagged itself an exclusive on the game – just in time for the release of the Galaxy Note 9.
According to reports, Fortnite will be exclusively available on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for 30 days after its official launch.
However, once this period ends, Samsung might have extended the exclusive by up to two months, meaning Fortnite will be exclusively available on Samsung phones ONLY for an entire quarter of 2018.
Fortnite Release on Android Exclusive To Samsung
Why would Samsung do this? Well, the simplest explanation is handset sales – it’ll shift A LOT of phones, as kids around the globe DEMAND Samsung phones for their birthdays in order to get their mobile Fortnite fix.
“This second period of exclusivity is understood to either be sixty or ninety days long – that is, on top of the thirty days for the Note 9,” AndroidHeadlines explains. “Which in total would mean that Fortnite’s arrival on Android is going to be locked in with Samsung for at least ninety days and possibly for as long as 120 days.”
What’s also interesting is that the Galaxy X, which is expected at some point in the coming months, is also rumored to be a gaming phone.
Could this Fortnite exclusive be used as a means to promote Samsung’s Galaxy X gaming phone? Perhaps.
Fortnite Not Coming To Google Play
Epic Games has confirmed that it WILL NOT be releasing Fortnite through Google Play.
Instead, Android users will be able to download it via Epic Games’ official website, presumably once the Samsung exclusive is over and done with…
“Epic wants to have a direct relationship with our customers on all platforms where that’s possible,” said Todd Sweeney, EPIC’s CEO, in a piece published by The Verge.
He added: “The great thing about the Internet and the digital revolution is that this is possible, now that physical storefronts and middlemen distributors are no longer required.”
Google also charges 30% fees on all titles listed in Google Play. Going around this and releasing the game outside Google Play, means that EPIC will make more money in the long run.
Not many firms can afford to cut Google out of the mix, but EPIC is showing the world that it can pretty much do what it wants, as Fortnite is, well… way bigger than anything else on mobile right now.
Finger’s crossed these exclusive Samsung rumors don’t turn out to be true!