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PSA: Modded Fortnite APKs May Lead To Cross-Device Ban

Posted On: Aug 10, 2018   |   Posted By: Android Headlines

You may be able to play Fortnite on Android right now with a modded APK file, no matter what device you have, but if you do, know that Epic has a number of measures in place that could ensure that you never play the game on Android, or even some other platforms, again. According to Redditors yash1610 and HeN1N, the company's ability to single out players for bans with extraordinary scope and accuracy comes from a number of factors, and is enabled almost entirely by the studio's refusal to put the game on the Play Store.
For starters, there's the target API, the set of possible instructions and rules that the game has to work with. The installer app targets Android 8.0 Oreo, but the actual game uses the older, less secure API library for Android 5.0 Lollipop. This behavior is not allowed in the Play Store, but since Epic will distribute outside of Google's domain, it's totally fair game. Since user-facing granular permissions per app were not around in Lollipop, this means Epic can make the game do whatever...

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