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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.


Epic Games tease more “exclusive” content coming for Fortnite Crew members

Published: 15/Jan/2021 18:52

by Tanner Pierce


According to a brand-new leaked survey, Epic Games have been asking players what they might want to see added as a feature to the Fortnite Crew subscription service, hinting that they’re open to changing up what’s included in the future.

If you took a look at the Fortnite Crew subscription service and thought that it didn’t include enough or didn’t include much that you’d be interested in, Epic Games may be heeding those concerns.

According to Fortnite leaker ‘iFireMonkey,’ a brand-new survey sent out to Fortnite players might indicate that the developer might be open to changing up what a Fortnite Crew subscription comes with. Specifically, the survey asks players to rank what benefits would be most or least important to be added to the service.

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Currently, the Fortnite Crew service includes an exclusive skin, some V-Bucks and a free battle pass.

The question itself features a wide range of choices. Some are simply new ways to purchase Fortnite Crew subscriptions, like the ability to buy the service in retail stores and multi-month options.

There are also more gameplay-centric choices, including everything from custom matchmaking options to cosmetics that show off how long you’ve had a subscription. Beyond that, there’s even a choice for a monthly physical mailer with additional rewards outside of what’s given digitally.

Despite this development, it remains to be seen if the company will actually implement any changes. While this survey might indicate that the company is, at the very least, open to adding features to the service, it’s important to remember that it’s not a guarantee that they will.

Currently, the service includes a free battle pass, an exclusive Crew pack, 1000 V-Bucks and an exclusive Member’s Only emote (at least for a limited time), so the implementation of any one of the features listed in the leaked survey would be a welcome addition, especially after its rocky start.

For any updates regarding new features in the Fortnite Crew service and Fortnite in general, keep it locked to Dexerto.