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Fortnite on Android prone to hacking say Google

It looks like the fallout over Epic Games deciding not to use Google Play for Fortnite distribution on Android may have led to problems for the developer.

Now, Google has wasted no time in going public with a major exploit found in the Fortnite Android launcher that can lead to malware being installed on user devices.

Epic’s installer for Fortnite is the result of the company opting against using Google Play, which would allow them to forgo the 30% share of revenue that Google demands.

The twist is that Epic’s Chief Executive Tim Sweeney has accused Google of being irresponsible in releasing details of the exploit before Epic Games had a chance to patch it fully.

You can see Google’s full write-up of the exploit here, which explains further on how the app is at risk to fake APK installations.

Some users on social media are calling it ‘digital karma’, but what do you think about this and have you been a victim of malware being installed on your device unwittingly when using the Fortnite Installer from Epic Games?

Simply put – did Epic Games make the right decision to opt against Google Play distribution or not?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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