What's The Deal With Those Fortnite Lawsuits?

by David McDougal

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Fortnite is one of the rare games that can be called a global sensation - since Epic Games released the battle royale game in 2017, it has generated millions of dollars in revenue from its plethora of players. Fortnite has grown even larger than previous smash hit battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.

But success courts controversy — parents concerned about the game’s mostly young kid fanbase and its addictive potential have been discussed, but the main controversy has to do with those pesky lawsuits that are popping up.

Fortnite’s in-game emotes are a series of recognizable dance moves that players can use to taunt or celebrate. The problem is, of course, that these dances are associated with real life figures.

And these real life figures are receiving nothing in compensation!

The following figures have sued Epic Games for illegal usage of their image:

  • Russell “Backpack Kid” Horning

  • Alfonso Riberio, aka Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

  • Rapper 2 Milly

Arguing a dance is associated with ones brand may be a difficult argument for these people, so it’s most likely that this is going to be solved out of court with a settlement.