Epic Games' wildly popular battle royal title, Fortnite, has finally received a beta release on Android beginning August 9th; However, this will first be exclusive to Samsung devices. As described by CNET, Fortnite beta invitations will be sent first to Samsung owners, and can only be downloaded on Samsung Galaxy S7 phones and above, which means that S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8 Plus, Note 8 , S9 and S8 Plus, Note 8, S9 and S9 Plus.
Samsung's exclusivity period lasts from August 9 to August 12, where it can be downloaded via the Fortnite Android site. Fortnite beta will be widely available on other Android devices from August 12th. Those who buy the new Samsung Note 9 or Galaxy Tab S4 get access to the new Galaxy outfit, as you can see below.
] Anyone without a Samsung device can register to be invited to the Fortnite Android site. Epic has also released a list of other devices for which the beta can be played:
- Google: Pixel / Pixel XL, Pixel 2 / Pixel 2 XL
- Asus: ROG Phone, Zenfone 4 Pro, 5Z, V  Essential: PH-1
- Huawei: Honor 10, Honor Play, Mate 10 / Pro, Mate RS, Nova 3, P20 / Pro, V10
- LG: G5, G6, G7, ThinQ, V20, V30 / V30 +
- Nokia: 8
- OnePlus: 5 / 5T, 6
- Razer: Phone
- Xiaomi: Blackshark, Mi 5 / 5S / 5S Plus, 6/6 Plus, Mi 8/8 Explorer / 8SE, Mi Mix, Mi Mix 2, Mi Mix 2S, Mi Note 2
- ZTE: Axon 7/7, Axon M, Nubia / Z17 / Z17s, Nubia Z11
As previously described, Epic will circumvent the Google Play store for Fortnites Android release and distribute the game directly to the players. This allows Epic Games to earn more money from the free-to-play title, as Google is not entitled to a portion of the money spent on game transactions. In a statement that was shared with GameSpot, Epic said that the decision gave the company about 30 percent "retail tax" that would normally apply to purchases made on Google Play.
"It's a high price in a world where game developers 70 percent must cover all the costs of developing, running and supporting their games," explains Epic. "And it's disproportionate to the cost of the services These stores perform, for example, payment processing, bandwidth download and customer service. "
Although Fortnite is available on iOS, Apple's ecosystem does not allow similar measures to be taken for those devices. However, the game has become incredibly successful. Analysts have said that Fortnites The iOS version made an average of $ 2 million a day over a 10-day period after the start of Season 5 in July. In August, Fortnite on IOS crossed over 100 million downloads.
If you are looking for a new phone and Do not mind spotting some money, look at CNET's Samsung Galaxy Note 9 preview, which breaks down all the features and explains how it compares to other devices like the Galaxy S9, iPhone X and Note 8.