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Fortnite is now live for non-Samsung devices, but you'll still need to wait (Updated)
Update, August 13 at 4:33 p.m. ET: It looks like the Fortnite team is accepting more non-Samsung beta testers! If you were previously put on a waitlist, be sure to check your email — you may have been sent an invite from Epic Games.
Hey Android owners! We’re excited to open up the #FortniteAndroid Beta to more devices starting… TODAY!Check your email as the first wave of invites have started to go out. Not signed up yet? Head to our website for more info: https://t.co/AvolyySFZ1 pic.twitter.com/DuW5yzpcqd— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 13, 2018
Original article, August 13 at 1:44 a.m. ET: Despite the numerous rumors that Fortnite would be a Samsung exclusive for up to four months, Epic Games confirmed that other devices would be able to play the hit game several days after it launched on August 9. Well, that exclusive period is up and Fortnite is now available for more devices. Unfortunately, players will now have to sign up for a wait list before joining in on the fun.
As Fortnite is still in beta on Android, Epic Games isn’t prepared for the large number of Android players that would jump into the game if it was available for everyone. The wait list is a way for the company to control how many people are playing the game while they finish removing bugs.
As Epic Games decided to skip the Play Store, users will need to first download the Fortnite launcher from the company’s website. Once they’re finished sideloading the launcher app, they should now be able to download the 1.88GB game without a problem. When that’s complete, players will need to either sign into an Epic Games account or create a new one.
Unfortunately, most users won’t get past the sign-in process as only invited players will be able to launch the game. Users can add their name to Fortnite’s wait list and will receive an email when a slot opens up for them.
In the meantime, players can prepare themselves for the game by reading our Fortnite tips and tricks article and practice their building skills by playing on PC, console, or an iOS device.