Fortnite’s ongoing legal saga surrounding in-game emotes and dances has begun affecting other games outside of the battle royale genre.
Epic Games are facing multiple suits from people who claim their work is being profited from and improperly used in the popular battle royale game without compensation or credit.
Former Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton and popularised the ‘Carlton’ dance is one of them. Others include rapper 2 Milly and the use of his ‘Milly Rock,’ Russell Horning, otherwise known as ‘the Backpack Kid’, who popularised the ‘Floss dance’ which was added in Season 2, as well as the ‘Orange Shirt Kid’ who became known for the Orange Justice emote.
While they are yet to be removed from Fortnite, some very similar emotes have begun exiting other titles.
Fans of Microsoft’s Forza Horizon 4 have noticed that the ‘Carlton’ dance and the ‘Floss’ have been removed from the game.
The emotes have been a part of the game since its release back in October of 2018 as a way to celebrate a win over friends. Other pop culture emotes, including one named 'Hotline' that is similar to Drake’s Hotline Bling dance, remain in-game.
Fortnite and Forza aren’t the only games to utilise these types of emotes and dances. Alfonso Ribeiro is also suing 2K Games over the use of the dance in the NBA 2K franchise.
It remains to be seen if any of the suits against Epic Games pay off in favor of those suing the now multi-billion dollar gaming company.