I still haven’t started playing Fortnite and I don’t use any Android devices, so I don’t have a close look at the disagreement that seems to be going on between Epic Games and Google. What I am wondering though is what this says about how open or closed Google wants Android to be.
Epic finally put a version of Fortnite on the Google Play Store, after initially only offering it through their own service on Android, but Epic’s statement clearly indicates they don’t like it. The most straightforward reason is Epic doesn’t want to pay Google’s 30 percent cut on purchases through Fortnite, but if you look at statements over the last few years from Epic founder Tim Sweeney, it looks like he just doesn’t like closed platforms in general. Continue reading