That decision was also followed up with a deal with Samsung to make Fortnite uniquely available to Galaxy Note 9 for a pre-defined period of time. Plus, distributing "Fortnite" on its own lets Epic avoid Google's 30% cut.
If you're itching to jump into the battle royale madness that is Fortnite, you'd better sign up for an invite code ASAP. The Android operating system allows users to download programs from third party services unlike the iOS, which restricts app downloads to the App Store only.
As you probably know, however, the Android launch of Fortnite differs in that the game is not available on the Google Play Store. This is very likely to be automatically generated by Google's search algorithms, rather than any attempt on Google's part to direct potential customers elsewhere; the game was the top result prior to the announcement of the beta as well.
Experienced users may have zero troubles with this, but more casual users may find themselves intimidated by the security prompts upon sideloading an APK file, so we thought we'd make things a bit easier for them. But it won't be the only device you can use to enjoy the wildly popular free-to-play, cross-platform online shooter on a smaller screen (albeit the Galaxy Note 9 is anything but a small phone). As promised by Epic Games, Fortnite's wider rollout to Android devices begins today, although still in beta form.
After that, you'll need to wait again.
But it's easy to see why Epic is choosing to distribute the game itself. From there, you'll be able to start playing. Other phones officially capable of handling the game include Google's Pixel and Pixel XL models, the Razer Phone, the Essential Phone, Nokia 8, and several devices from LG, Asus, Huawei, Xiaomi, and ZTE. Neat-o (?) This app is required even on Samsung devices, though it can be downloaded from the official Galaxy Apps store. Yeah, it's one of those, but it's to be expected, considering the scope of the game.