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Google Shares Epic Games’ Fortnite Flaws After Not Releasing Via Google Play

By Muhammad Bilal Syahrir

After the release of Fortnite Mobile on Android, Google shared Epic Games’ Fortnite flaws. Is this because Google holds a grudge?

After the release of Fortnite Mobile on Android, Google shared Epic Games’ Fortnite flaws. Is this because Google holds a grudge after Fortnite Mobile did not release through the Play Store?

The news that Google shares Epic Games’ Fortnite flaws came first from Android Central. Google says that there is a security vulnerability in the Fortnite Android installer provided by Epic Games.

Players who want to play Fortnite Mobile will have to go to Epic Game’s website and download the launcher from there. Unfortunately, the APK came with a specific permission that can be easily hacked by hackers without the owner’s knowledge.

Google shared an issue tracker page of the vulnerability that consists of the flaws. Epic did not wait long to respond as they requested that Google refrain from publishing the vulnerability publicly for 90 days to give its users time to patch their devices.

Google Shares Epic Games' Fortnite Flaws

But, Google’s policies allow 90 days for the developer to respond and pursue a fix before publicly revealing the error. This is what made Epic Games’ CEO, Tim Sweeney very upset. He feels that it was ok for Google to assist them in which letting them know about the problem.

However, he feels that Google went a little bit too overboard and was irresponsible to share these flaws.

Here’s Why Fortnite is not Released on Google Play Store

Unfortunately, Fortnite is not released through Google Play Store. Fortunately, Android players can still download the game through Epic Games' website. 

“Epic genuinely appreciated Google’s effort to perform an in-depth security audit of Fortnite immediately following our release on Android, and share the results with Epic so we could speedily issue an update to fix the flaw they discovered. However, it was irresponsible of Google to publicly disclose the technical details of the flaw so quickly, while many installations had not yet been updated and were still vulnerable,” said Sweeney.

”An Epic security engineer, at my urging, requested Google delay public disclosure for the typical 90 days to allow time for the update to be more widely installed. Google refused.”

“Google’s security analysis efforts are appreciated and benefit the Android platform,” he continued. “However a company as powerful as Google should practice more responsible disclosure timing than this, and not endanger users in the course of its counter-PR efforts against Epic’s distribution of Fortnite outside of Google Play,” he ended.

Edited by Devi




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