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OnePlus needed permission from Google to preinstall Fortnite on its phones.

And Google didn’t grant it. OnePlus would have had to give up substantial Google revenue share just to ship phones with the Epic Games Store / Fortnite launcher app needed to install the game.

“They needed permission in form of a waiver from Google to do this, yes?” Yes, answered Kolotouros. The only way to preload was to give up its Premier rev share, he agreed.

Update: here’s a summary of Google’s rebuttal.