Fortnite, one of the most popular online-only, multiplayer, third-person shooter games with Battle Royale mode currently (although PUBG is right behind) is finally coming to the Android platform. And if the rumor mill is correct, it’s going to happen in China first and on July 24th, which is only days away.
This news was hinted by Epic Games on Twitter back in April when they posted a picture of passport and said “The Battle Bus is taking off! Destination, China.” The passport included a date “2018. 4” making all of us believe that Fortnite will be available in only a few days.
Well, that didn’t happen.
In May, Epic Games published on their blog that Fortnite is coming to Android, only this time they didn’t include any date nor elaboration. The post was in the State of Mobile section and among other news was also this:
“We are targeting this summer for the release. We know many of you are excited about this release, and we promise that when we have more information to share, you’ll hear it from us first.”
Since then, there hasn’t been many official statements about the matter, until several days ago when Tencent Games posted a tweet saying “Fortnite wow! It’s coming.” The post included a picture with the date July 24th and logo of Tencent WeGame and Fortnite side by side, which makes us believe that it will first launch in China, and then in the rest of the world for Android, as promised in May.
However, entering the Chinese market is also a big deal since it’s the largest in the world when it comes to mobile apps. Based on the report by App Annie, a data firm, for 2017, smartphone users in China spent over 200 billion hours on mobile apps. Also, 1$ of every $4 spent in the app stores is created by the Chinese users. However, the Chinese market is pretty closed off and the only way a game can enter it, is if it’s published by a Chinese company. Tencent already owns 40% of Epic Games, so it’s logical that they will also be Fortnite’s publishers in China.
The thing about Fortnite is that it is only available for the iOS platform and it has been so for a month or so now. The game is a worldwide hit and it would be fair that finally, Android users can play it as well, not to mention that it would be a further financial boom for Epic Games. Namely, in 72 hours after becoming available for iOS, the game earned $1 million, and $25 million for its first month. And once it becomes available for Android, the estimates say that it could learn $500 million in the first year, and those are calculations without the Chinese market revenue.
Fortnite is a multiplayer game involving 100 players in the Battle Royale mode, who are dropped on the map, and you have to go Hunger Game on their behinds if you want to win. But, you can also team-up with other players, no more than four, and take victory as a team instead of solo.
Although there was no official confirmation for which platform Fortnite will become available on July 24th in China, we believe that Android is the most feasible guess. The market is large and lucrative, so it would be a shame to miss it. And of course, the rest of the Android users across the world are waiting anxiously for their version, especially after the Season 5 trailer from a couple of days ago.
So, get your fingers ready, Android users! Seems like we are going to battle each other very soon. May the best player win!