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Fortnite: Alfonso Ribeiro’s ‘Carlton Dance’ legal dispute with Epic Games concludes

Published: 8/Mar/2019 17:06 Updated: 8/Mar/2019 17:28

by David Purcell


Epic Games were previously accused of infringing copyright by Alfonso Ribeiro for adding the ‘Carlton Dance’ to Fortnite, but the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor has now dropped his lawsuit. 

Ribeiro had claimed that the developer had used his dance in their game without permission and was expecting Epic to pay for copyright infringement. 

He alleged that many Fortnite players will associate the ‘Fresh’ emote with his character from the show. However, after it was revealed that the U.S Copyright Office had rejected his attempts to copyright the dance move on February 14, he has decided to drop legal action. 

Epic GamesThe ‘Fresh’ emote in Fortnite, as seen in the game’s store.

Court documents confirmed that Ribeiro’s lawsuit had come to a close – almost three months after the actor first revealed that he intended to sue Epic Games.  

“This action is dismissed by the Plaintiff in its entirety,” the document states – according to Yahoo Finance. 

(A video of the dance can be seen below, near the 0:50 mark)

Ribeiro is not the only actor to have explored legal action against Epic for adding purchasable cosmetics inspired by popular culture, though. 

Terrence ‘2 Milly’ Ferguson had also claimed that the developer had added his dance move to their popular battle royale game without his permission. In that instance, an Epic attorney responded by saying: “No one can own a dance step”. 

The ‘Fresh’ emote is still available in Fortnite’s item shop, as is the ‘Swipe It’ dance – inspired by the Milly Rock dance made popular by 2 Milly. 


Tfue finally reveals why he quit Fortnite after 2 years of “crankin 90s”

Published: 28/Oct/2020 22:50

by Alan Bernal


One of the biggest Fortnite streamers ever, Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, revealed why he quit the game that amassed him millions of followers and a lucrative streaming career.

Since Fortnite’s battle royale component was released, the 22-year-old has been one of the most consistent content creators around the title. As for skill, at one time he was hailed as the best player, which only skyrocketed his popularity on Twitch.

But after years of speaking out against design decisions and the subsequent release of Warzone, Tfue left behind his main source of content – sporadically popping back into Fortnite since.

Only lightly talking about his Fortnite absence in the past, Tfue opened up about why he left on the ‘Brand Risk Podcast’ and how he’s expanded from the game since making the decision.

Epic Games via Twitch
Tfue was a huge figure in the Fortnite scene. He’s pictured here making an appearance at the Fortnite World Cup.

“Two years of cranking 90s was just too much,” Tfue said. “I had to spice it up and play other things. Plus, I felt like I milked the game so much that, like, me playing it was almost digging myself into a pit.”

When he first started uploading YouTube videos on Fortnite, he called it one of the “easiest and most polished” battle royales in the market at the time. That was largely true, as audiences from all age and skill groups eagerly hopped on to try it out.

But as his popularity slowly grew on Twitch, he saw that Fortnite started to become a job instead of the title that consumed his gaming life.

(Segment starts at 2:14)

“I got to the point where the only reason I was playing it was for viewers and for my career,” he explained. “I just stopped caring about that and felt like I milked Fortnite for all that was worth, considering I was blowing up at the peak of it.”

Tfue feels Fortnite “will die down, but (never) actually die,” and he’s already deep into games like Warzone to hold him over. Other bigtime streamers like DrLupo, CouRage, and Myth have also been separating from Epic Games’ battle royale, something we’re seeing more and more.

While he made a name for himself on the Fortnite island, Tfue has been exploring greener pastures to take his streaming career to the next phase.