Google has publicly shared data regarding certain vulnerabilities of Fortnite. Hackers can log in to the custom installer epic Games to upload malware.
Given the high number of Fortnite players, it might seem like a smart move to warn users of the danger they can run. Second Tim Sweeney, CEO Epic (as reported by with the BBC), this was an irresponsible move and is also frustrated by the fact that Google did not wait before sharing this huge flaw in the Android edition of Fortnite.
Here's what Sweeney wrote on Twitter
Android is an open platform. When Google identified the security issue, we worked 24 hours on 24 (literally) to fix it and issue an update. We asked Google not to share the news until the update was installed. They refused, creating a useless risk for Android users in order to get low-cost PR points.
As the BBC notes, Google often makes vulnerabilities public without the consent of publishers. Apple, Microsoft and Samsung have made similar complaints in the past. Obviously, the problem would probably never materialize if Epic had launched Fortnite on Google Play but opted for a different choice.
Google, in fact, asks publishers who publish their app on Google Play a fee equal to 30% of profits. Epic Games has instead made available the APK of the game through its official website, effectively cutting the intermediary. Smart choice in terms of earnings but now we have to deal with security.