In an interview with GameSpot, Epic Games CEO, Tim Sweeney, said that he plans to launch the Epic Games Store on Android and iOS devices.
He further went on to speak about the uphill battle against Steam, and the growing success of the Epic Games Store. “We’d like to bring the Store to iOS in the future, and we will bring it to Android.We think it’s a good way to help the industry forward and it’s another way where Epic as a game developer had built up this audience around Fortnite and learned how to operate a distribution platform on PC and Android,” he added.
Epic originally launched Fortnite on Android exclusively through their proprietary Epic Games App. However, due to Google’s methods of installing applications that are shared outside of the Google Play Store, Epic caved and also brought the game to the Google Play Store.
With the massive expansion of Unreal Engine 4, Epic Games has pushed hard to create a solid ecosystem of tools and services for developers creating games on mobile platforms.
“Now, as we’ve done with many things from the Unreal Engine to the Epic Online services, we open it up to all other developers to use with their games and are trying to serve the industry and provide a really interesting alternative to the ecosystem,” Sweeney continued.
In other news from the studio, the development team recently showed off their next-gen game engine Unreal Engine 5 running in real-time on PlayStation 5.