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“We realized Google Play was our only hope for actually reaching users given the obstruction on the platform.”

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney on why Epic gave up and decided to submit Fortnite to Google Play again after initially skipping Google’s app store.

He says Epic realized that “most users were severely deterred from installing Fortnite by Google.

But when Epic submitted Fortnite to the Play Store, it contained Epic’s own payment system — and was repeatedly rejected for doing so. Google has shown that Epic agreed to add Play Billing afterward.