Fortnite on Mobile has proven to be a masterstroke from Epic Games, who have seen their Battle Royale mode become one of the most popular in the world.
It was recently revealed that the iOS port has generated revenue for the company, estimated at $100 million over 90 days.
It puts the game among some of the most successful ever debuts in the mobile space and looks to have boosted the popularity of the Season 4 Battle Pass.
And this will only get bigger when the Fortnite Android release date is formally announced.
It’s one of the most wanted new releases, partly down to players being able to use one Epic Account across several platforms.
But while fans are hoping that news on the Fortnite Android port will be announced soon, there have also been new warnings to fans in the meantime.
As interest is so high right now, there are plenty of scam sites that are looking to trick users into downloading problemware.
There’s a wide variety of malicious apps currently on the internet that are looking to fool you into thinking they are a version of Fortnite on Android.
A number of websites and online security blogs have flagged new “how to get this” videos on YouTube, which have been promising early download links to the game.
These usually end in finding malicious apps and software being loaded onto your phone, which can access sensitive information, and even your camera.
Commenting on this, Steve Giguere, lead EMEA engineer at Synopsys, highlights the risks, as well as the need for people to become knowledgeable and prepared for these kind of scams.
“As much as we are wary of scam phone calls promising too good to be true offers, and investment schemes like the Initial Coin Offerings promising a blockchain based something for nothing, a website promising a contraband release of a new game feels only too possible due to previous precedents of leaks from government documents to Games of Thrones episode spoilers,” he writes.
“The temptation for enthusiasts, blinded by fandom and the inevitable peer kudos of getting to play early, combined with the real advantage of not being subjected to real post-release media spoilers, is such that it subverts the good sense to prevent one exploring the realm of questionable websites and dodgy video instructions only to be led down the path to malicious game ending malware.
“Any form of social engineering is successful because it’s designed around human nature. There’s no shame in being caught out by schemes or scams like these, but we need to learn that where we exhibit human weakness, the cyber-criminal will be present looking to take advantage to turn our nature against us.
“As attacks like these become more common place, awareness will inevitably follow; but until then, ensure you are running a modern endpoint security program and remember that if you if it looks too good to be true, don’t take the bait. It’s called phishing for a reason.”
James Hadley, CEO and Founder of Immersive Labs, adds “Fortnite’s popularity, driven by gamers including the England football team, means there is an opportunity for cyber criminals to take advantage of the demand for the game and the latest releases.
“In life, if something seems too good to be true, it usually is just that; and cyber is no different. Cyber criminals rely on the draw of a new, exciting or trendy app outweighing the perceived negatives; in this case, getting an early release of Fortnite on Android for downloading another app.
“As a society, we need to get better at our general cyber awareness, weighing up the costs of how badly we need play the latest games vs potentially exposing ourselves to malicious apps.”
Epic Games themselves have revealed that they are hoping to release the game in summer 2018.
So any websites or app offering something Fortnite-related before that should be avoided at all costs.