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Fortnite: ‘Backpack Kid’ sues Epic Games over Floss dance emote

Published: 19/Dec/2018 0:03 Updated: 19/Dec/2018 0:47

by Alan Bernal


It seems like everyone is getting in on the fray against Fortnite’s use of monetized dance emotes, as a new lawsuit has turned up aimed at the developers, this time from an unexpected source.

Fortnite has a received cases against them from actor Alfonso Ribeiro and rapper 2 Milly for the inclusion of the Fresh and Swipe It dances, respectively. Those taking aim at Epic Games are unhappy with the game’s profiting from creative ideas that aren’t theirs.

A new suit from Russell Horning, better known as the ‘Backpack Kid,’ is taking aim at the game’s developer for selling the dance that he helped popularize in the modern era known in-game as the ‘Floss.’

Horning famously performed the dance on Saturday Night Live during Katy Perry’s performance of ‘Swish Swish’ in front of a live audience.

It wasn’t until the following year where the dance was added to the battle royale’s Battle Pass Season 2 in 2018.

Horning had expressed interest in seeking compensation after a TMZ reporter suggested he be cut a check and maybe get a piece of the pie to which he replied “I think I should. But it’s not that big of a deal, I’m just glad it’s in the game.”

Horning and the other parties suing Epic Games are going to need to prove that the dances they popularized can have a copyright attached to them. Horning has also filed for a patent to the dance.

This just adds fuel to the fire that the Fortnite developers will have to manage, and the outcome of the case would set a precedent for future content.


Relive the Fortnite Galactus live event: full replay, HD images, recap

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:20 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 23:51

by Tanner Pierce


Fortnite’s Galactus Nexus War finale event is finally over and it was packed full of a ton of Marvel-themed content. Here’s what went down during the insanely hyped event that closed off Season 4 of the popular game.

For a while now, Epic Games, Marvel, and the Fortnite community have been hyping up a brand new event to close out Chapter 2, Season 4 of Fortnite. Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds, had been slowly inching his way towards the island all season and on December 1, 2020, he finally arrived.

But what happened once he finally showed up to the Fortnite island? Did players have to fight him like we originally thought? Here’s what you need to know about what went down during the Nexus War finale event in case you missed it.

Fortnite Galactus Nexus War finale event recap

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Galactus wasted no time in destroying the Helicarrier at the start of the event.

All in all, the event itself was pretty short, clocking in at a little over 10 minutes when all was said and done. Still, there was a ton that happened during that span.

Once the in-game timer reached zero, the giant Galactus made his final push to the island. After declaring that he hungered, he destroyed the Helicarrier starting location with ease, sending you and all the other players flying across the sky.

Fortunately, Iron Man-himself flew in as you got close to hitting the ground, handing you a jetpack and telling you that it’s time to stop Galactus. Before you had a chance to do anything, however, the massive villain started consuming Zero Point, which started a “full reality collapse”.

After being transported by Iron Man, you reappeared, in first-person, inside of a Battle Bus decked out in weaponry and explosives. From that point on, your goal was to fly the Buses into Galactus and have him consume them, which ultimately sent him back to “where he came from.”

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In order to defeat Galactus, players had to drive Battle Buses decked out in weaponry and explosives towards the villain so that he would consume it.

A few Marvel characters even made small appearances, including Thor himself (who was one of the main characters this season) and even Wolverine, who helped you in the fight against Galactus.

After finally destroying a plethora of drones and getting close enough, Galactus got sent back to where he came from, you were teleported away to safety, and the event ended.

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Players were joined by both Thor and Wolverine during the event, who helped in taking down Galactus.

Of course, it wouldn’t be Marvel if there wasn’t a “post-credits scene.” After the event was over and Galactus got taken care of, players got a shot of Jonesy in his office, who wakes up suddenly before the screen says that the story is to be continued in Season 5.

Re-watch the entire Fortnite Galactus event

Unfortunately, if you were hoping to catch a re-run of the event inside of Fortnite itself, it seems like that’s not going to be possible. Epic Games has confirmed that it was a “one-time-only” event so if you missed out, you won’t be able to experience it again in-game.

However, we did record the entire experience, so can rewatch it as many times as you want:

What’s next?

Now that the Galactus event is over, Epic Games have confirmed that the Season 5 update will be released at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, with the downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans will get to see what the devs have in store for them to enjoy!