Fans of Fortnite may have been encouraged to pre-order the new Samsung Galaxy Note9 or Tab S4, which had an offer which included the option to play Fortnite. Furthermore, users who pre-ordered were offered the exclusive Galaxy Skin, which has sold for up to $700 in various marketplaces. Simon Migliano, head of research at Top10VPN.com, says: “Fortnite is a victim of its own success. It now reportedly has 125 million active users, and while this is great news for the publisher, its success has acted as a blazing beacon to unofficial developers and scammers.”
How can consumers stay safe? Epic Games (creator of Fortnite) opted against listing the game on the likes of the Play Store or Galaxy App Store. As fans of Samsung, we’ve managed to get hold of a Note9 and there’s a promoted option to download the game. Other users downloaded the APK to have the game installed. Part of the research shows that “by circumventing official Android marketplaces like Google Play, Epic might be saving itself about 30% a transaction. This discount for the publisher could well come at a cost for gamers who might think they are accessing a bonafide version of the game, but instead be opening themselves up to being spied on.“
Please be vigilant and check the legitimacy of any app which is downloaded to your Android device. Fortnite will not be the last high profile game in what has been a massive success for Samsung. We’re sure this trend will continue. If consumers have any doubts, contact the app developer directly and also use the reviews section on the Play Store for other user comments.