Good news, battle royale lovers. Fortnite for Android today entered open beta, meaning anyone can join in. No invite needed – download the Fortnite Beta now on any compatible Android device Time to squad up: Visit Hard Fork. Up to now, Fortnite for Android was solely available to those invited into the closed beta — and Samsung Galaxy owners, as was revealed at the companys Unpacked event. Now users can join without needing an invite. Just as a reminder, you will not be able to download the game from the Google Play Store. So if you want to join the open beta, youll have to hop over to its website on the Android device in question, or scan the QR code. Epic Games CEO, Tim Sweeney, has said the primary reason the game wouldnt be available on the Play Store is because the company wants a more direct link to its consumers — and doesnt want to stomach the Stores collection of a revenue cut: Were trying to make our software available to users in as economically efficient a way as possible. That means distributing the software directly to them, taking payment through Mastercard, Visa, Paypal, and other options, and not having a store take 30 percent. Sweeney has also foregone Steam for the same reason, and has implied hed much prefer it if he could distribute the iOS version of Fortnite without having to go through the App Store. Though, judging by the fact it was Fortnite that managed to convince Sony to bend on the issue of crossplay, who knows what the games popularity could potentially convince a company to do.
Until now, youve needed an invite. So far, if you've wanted to get your hands on the Fortnite Android beta, you've had to sign up for an invitation. But Epic Games has now opened the beta up to everyone, no invite required. Epic says it's best if your device is running Android 8.0 or later, otherwise you'll likely run into performance issues. As for which phone you'll need, you can check out a list of supported devices here. It includes Google's Pixel line, the Essential Phone, the Razer Phone and a number of others. Head here to get access to the beta. No invite needed - download the Fortnite Beta now on any compatible Android device Time to squad up:
If youre still waiting to get into the Fortnite beta on Android, now you can finally play the battle royale game on your phone. Today Epic announced that the Android version of the game is open to everyone with a compatible device, so you no longer require an invite to play. (You can find a list of supported Android phones on Epics site.) Fortnite for Android first launched back in August exclusively for Samsung Galaxy devices, before opening up to more smartphones a few days later. Unlike most Android games, it has its own installer, so you wont find it in the Google Play store. You can find step-by-step instructions for getting it up and running right here — though if youre using an older phone, dont expect Fortnite to look amazing.
Epic Games announced today that the beta test for the Android version of Fortnite is now open, meaning you dont need an invitation to play it. The battle royale game has been a huge hit on all platforms, and the mobile version is no different. The iOS release of Fortnite has already earned over $300 million. Unlike with iOS, Epic Games wont have to pay a 30 percent cut of all microtransaction sales to Google. Android is an open platform, so you can download apps outside of the official store. Fortnite will not be on Google Play, which means Google will miss out on millions of dollars. Even in its closed beta, the Android version of Fortnite has earned over $60 million. Now that the beta is open, more revenue will come flowing in. You can find a list of Android devices that are compatible with Fortnite here.
Fortnites journey to Android has been an adventure unto itself. It first launched as a Samsung exclusive, alongside the Note 9, before circumventing the Play Store to arrive on Googles Mobile operating system. Until now, however, actually getting the game required going to the site, signing up and waiting for an invite. Epic announced today via Twitter that its finally cutting that red tape. While the company is still sidestepping Play in order to keep its earnings to itself, downloading the game is a simple as scanning a QR code from its site. No invite needed – download the Fortnite Beta now on any compatible Android device Time to squad up: Not that any of those extra steps were hurting the game. The wildly popular hit 15 million installs a mere three weeks after launching on the OS.