According to the developer, this decision was made in part to bypass the 30% "store tax" that would normally be applied to purchases made on Google Play.
This stands in contrast to the iOS version of Fortnite, which is available to download right from Apple's App Store. On top of that, only owners of certain Samsung smartphones were able to play the game at launch.
Epic Games and Samsung also provided a list of devices that will be compatible with Fortnite Beta. The game will appear in the Samsung Game Launcher and in the Galaxy Apps store. However, for Android users, that won't be an option.
Epic Games confirmed that it would be coming to Android "this summer", but then it all went a bit quiet, leaving Android users scrambling for any info they could on when they might get their hands on it. Epic Games is handling the distribution itself, so searches for Fortnite in the Play Store turn up a lot of junk that isn't the game.
Fortnite has generated over $180 million in just a few months when it was made available in late March. It can continue to come in the form of a fake version of Fortnite, much like the way malware was attacking those looking for Fortnite for Android well before it was released.
Even more concerning than the malware threat with just Fortnite for Android, however, is what this could mean for other app developers going forward.
Despite Epic having clarified its release plans for the game several times, some fans may still expect Fortnite Android to be available on Google Play.
Malware could infect Android users looking to play Fortnite in a myriad of ways.