Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite, has another lawsuit coming its way as rapper BlocBoy JB sues the company over the use of its “shoot” dance emote. The rapper’s dance became popular throughout 2018, and he is now joining a list of artists who want compensation for the use of their dances in Fortnite. BlocBoy JB is the fourth entertainer to sue the company over its use of dance moves in its emotes. 2 Milly, who popularized the Milly Rock; Russell Horning , the teen whose “floss” went viral; actor Alfonso Ribeiro and Lenwood ‘Skip’ Hamilton have all sued Epics games for using their likeness in its video games. Although more entertainers are beginning to seek legal action, the lawsuits are entering tricky territory. There are copyright laws that protect choreography, but no specific laws that protect specific dance steps. Fornite’s procedures in coding the dance moves will also be a major factor in the lawsuit. Fortnite has hundreds of millions of users and brings in a massive amount...
Jan 24, 2019
Epic Games, the creators of game-craze Fortnite, has hit a valuation of over $15 billion. The company said more than $1.25 billion in stock was purchased by new investors last week. These investors included e-sports owner aXiomatic, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Walt Disney Co. Fortnite garnered international attention when it began offering its free mode but continued making money by selling virtual costumes and dance modifications to its players. Analysts say the shooting game has been losing gamer attention since the summer, but its parent company, Epic Games, will be fine in the long run. The e-sports industry is gaining more attention as more professional athletes, celebrities and former professional gamers are investing money in these companies. Drake and Michael Jordan both announced they are now investors in two separate e-sports ventures as well. Epic Games is also known for creating Gears of War and developing software that helps others make video games.
Oct 29, 2018