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Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, is planning to sell games for Android devices this year. The company could then expand to a general app store, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

Selling Android apps or opening a general app store would put Epic in competition with Apple's App Store and the Google Play Store.

Together, Apple and Google power almost 99.9 percent of smartphones globally. But Epic could be a worthy competitor after the success of Fortnite. Since its debut in July 2017, the game has gained more than 200 million registered players and $1 billion in revenue. The company itself is worth almost $15 billion.

SEE: How to play Fortnite Mobile and win: A guide for beginners

Epic's leverage may lie in how it handles app fees. The company only takes 12 percent of the Games Store's revenue, and app developers get 88 percent. Google and Apple take a 30 percent cut from sold apps.

The success of Fortnite catapulted Epic to the height of popularity. When the company released the game on Android, it outpaced the Google Play Store. Apple's policies have different rules for distribution.

Regardless, Epic's in-demand games and price structure make it a worthy adversary. In addition, if Google lowers its app fees in response to Epic, Apple might also bow to the pressure.

Epic launched the Games Store in December for PC Games on Windows and macOS. Steam, one of the most popular platforms for PC Games, adjusted its fee structure shortly afterward.

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Takeaways

  1. Epic is planning to sell games for Android devices this year and possibly expand to a general app store.
  2. The company's popularity from Fortnite and its lower app fees make it a potential competitor for Apple and Google.

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Shelby is an Associate Writer for CNET's Download.com. She served as Editor in Chief for the Louisville Cardinal newspaper at the University of Louisville. She interned as Creative Non-Fiction Editor for Miracle Monocle literary magazine. Her work appears in Glass Mountain Magazine, Bookends Review, Soundings East, and on Louisville.com. Her cat, Puck, is the best cat ever.