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Fortnite: Viral Moth meme creator is seeking legal advice due to new skin

Published: 5/Dec/2018 22:04 Updated: 5/Dec/2018 22:37

by Alan Bernal


Epic Games have been enjoying the meteoric success of Fortnite, but some of the game’s contents have been the source of potential legal disputes toward the developer.

Epic Games have previously landed in hot water as rapper 2 Milly has entered legal proceedings for Fortnite’s inclusion of the ‘Milly Rock’ dance known as the in-game ‘Swipe It’ emote.

This time, the inquiry comes from the creator of the viral moth meme, whose photo was likely the inspiration to Fortnite’s addition of the Mothmando skin along with the accompanying pickaxe and glider.

In a Reddit post to the ‘LegalAdvice’ forum, user ‘No_Reason27’ asked about the legalities of Epic Games creating their digital homage to his once-popular meme.

Epic GamesThe Mathmando skin with the glider and axe set.

The post has since been deleted, but no before archival bots on the website took a copy of the original text.

“Hi, I’m the guy who posted the original message photo of the moth,” No_Reason27 said, “And I recently learned that Fortnite is making it into a character, and I was wondering, is that legal for them to do? And if so, what should I do to get compensated or them take it down? I already emailed them and I’m waiting on a response.”

Before deleting the post, a few users chimed in saying there was most likely no way to collect any royalties or expect Epic Games to take the skin down since owning the copyright to an image does not mean owning the copyright to an insect.

Epic GamesThe Mothmando skin is just one of many digital interpretations of pop-culture in Fortnite.

According to his post, he had already contacted the developer but received no response at the time of posting.

There is still no word on the outcome or if he has pursued other means of progressing with his complaint.

From movie homages to dances, Fortnite’s Mothmando skin is but one of many examples of Epic Games integrating elements of popular culture into their game.

Many more digital tie-ins to pop-culture are sure to be on their way as Fortnite gears up for the release of Season 7 on December 6.


How to watch Fortnite’s J Balvin Afterlife Party: Event time & rewards

Published: 31/Oct/2020 16:12

by Connor Bennett


Epic Games have confirmed that a Fortnitemares Afterlife Party event with J Balvin is set to rock the Main Stage in Party Royale. Here’s what you need to know.

Over the years, as Fortnite has grown more and more in popularity, Epic Games have teamed up with TV shows, movies, and musicians for a number of live events. 

This has included everything from something as simple as a DJ playing a few songs from their living room to showing off new trailer for a Star Wars movie. Though, it’s stretched all the way to Travis Scott having a jaw-dropping concert live event too. 

With Fortnitemares now being live, the next event will involve Colombian artist J Balvin debuting a new song during an ‘Afterlife’ concert. So, here’s everything you need to know. 

What time is the J Balvin event in Fortnite?

Just like a number of other events in Fortnite, there will be an initial showing before a number of encore shows so that everyone has the chance to get involved. 

The initial J Balvin show will get underway on Saturday, October 31st at 9 pm EDT/1 am GMT/6 pm PDT and 2 am CEST. Though, if you miss the live showing, there will be two other showings.

The first replay, according to Epic, will happen a day later on Sunday, November 1st at a much reasonable time for European fans – 1 pm EDT/6 pm BST/10 am PDT and 7 pm CEST. The second replay will be five hours later on the same day. 

How to get J Balvin Party Trooper Fortnite skin

While these events have, sometimes, given all players free rewards, the J Balvin event will be a little different. 

Instead, anyone who owns the Party Trooper skin that attends the Afterlife Party will unlock an exclusive J Balvin style. However, you don’t have to wear the skin to the event to unlock it, you just have to own it. 

Screenshot of the J Balvin Fortnite skin style for Party Trooper
Epic Games
Party Trooper skin owners will get an exclusive J Balvin style for attending the event.

Where to find the J Balvin event in Fortnite

If you want to watch the event, as we’ve already noted, it’ll happen inside Party Royale. That’s slightly different to the usual Battle Royale and Creative modes. 

To access it, you’ll want to select the Party Royale game mode in the lobby screen and then search when the event goes live in the menus. Be sure to get in early for the live showing as you don’t want to miss out!

  1. Load up Fortnite
  2. Enter the Battle Royale lobby screen but change the playlist to Party Royale
  3. Search for a game and wait
  4. Once inside, head over to the Main Stage area on the east of the island and enjoy!
Fortnite's party royale map
Epic Games
The Main Stage is where you’ll be able to find the Fortnite music events.

Obviously, you won’t be able to drop in and watch the show until the date and time that Epic has revealed, so don’t try and get involved too early. 

If you manage to get in, though, make sure to enjoy it and get involved with the party.