Fortnite: Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor Alfonso Ribeiro suing Epic Games for using Carlton Dance as emote

Published: 18/Dec/2018 0:03 Updated: 18/Dec/2018 0:41

by Alan Bernal


Epic Games have put many imaginative homages into Fortnite in the form of emotes, skins, loading screens, and more, but the inclusion of those renditions have brought forth legal actions aimed at the developers.

The addition of dance emotes into the popular battle royale have given the developers a lot of grief; the distinct callbacks have attracted lawsuits from 2 Milly and now from an actor who was the inspiration for one of the more popular emotes in the game.

Co-star of the mega-nostalgic show Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Alfonso Ribeiro, feels that the iconic dance move that made Carlton so loved and remembered is being wrongfully exploited by the developers of Fortnite.

Craig Sjodin / ABCThe actor’s rendition of the dance instantly became iconic and attached to him.

In documents acquired by TMZ, the actor most notable for playing Carlton in the 90’s hit show has filed documents that call out the inclusion of the “Fresh” emote in game.

“It is widely recognized that Mr. Ribeiro’s likeness and intellectual property have been misappropriated by Epic Games in the most popular video game currently in the world, Fortnite,” said David Hecht, Ribeiro’s attorney of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP.

The name of the dance and distinct movements are self-evident echoes of the show and character it’s based on.

Ribeiro was listed along with others in 2 Milly’s claim against Epic Games that noted the company’s pattern of “exploiting African-American talent in particular in Fortnite by copying their dances and movements.”

Now it seems that Ribeiro is also seeking any potential damages that can come from stealing and profiting off a dance move.

Although some say these kind of cases might lead to nowhere, the decisions that come out of these claims will set a precedent for many similar suits in the future.


New Fortnite leak reveals how weapon “mod” attachments will work

Published: 17/Jan/2021 23:13

by Tanner Pierce


After it was leaked that Epic Games were apparently experimenting with weapon mods/attachments in Fortnite a few weeks back, more details have been revealed about the system itself, including how it’ll possibly work when it gets implemented.

The possibility of weapon mods in Fortnite is nothing new. Back in December, notable leaker HYPEX revealed that the idea was currently being tested by Epic Games but didn’t go into more detail about how it would work. Now he’s gotten his hands on more info.

According to the data-miner, these mods seem to work like attachments in other shooters. Players will be able to drop and attach new mods at any point they want and that each attachment will act like an “item”.

Presumably, this means that players will be able to come across different mods/attachments around the map and pick them up like other items.

In addition, HYPEX also confirmed that there’s a function tied to the feature called “PrintValidWeaponMods”, which he said means that weapons have “specific valid mods” that work with each weapon.

While not confirmed, this seems to mean that some weapons might have exclusive attachments/mods that can only be used on that gun and not others.

Finally, he revealed that each weapon will have multiple mod slots, meaning players won’t be restricted to just one attachment while they make their way through each match.

Epic Games
A new leak from HYPEX has revealed just how weapon mods might work in Fortnite.

Unfortunately, no other details have been leaked about the system itself. There’s no telling what kind of attachments/mods people will see from the feature. Will players be able to attach optics, extended mags, or grips that reduce recoil/spread? Only time will tell at this point. There’s also no time frame for when the feature will hit Fortnite, or even a 100% confirmation that it’ll end up getting added.

The game’s current season is set to end on March 15, so Epic might be able to squeeze out enough testing over the next few months so that they can debut the feature during the Season 6 launch, but that’s purely speculation.

Of course, once more details become available, you can be sure Dexerto will let you know, so keep it locked here.