As everyone knows, Fortnite is a huge success and it’s making crazy money from its in-game microtransactions which include skins and dance emotes. These in-game emotes are mostly the dance moves created by big hip-hop artists and surprisingly without their permissions. Finally, Rapper 2 Milly has taken it to the court to sue Epic Games.
Fortnite makes huge loads of money by selling these emotes but it looks like they are finally in trouble because of selling the one which looks like rapper 2 Milly‘s signature move. The rapper claims that Epic Games has ripped off his famous “Milly Rock” dance move by turning into an emote and now selling it for money.
The lawsuit was filed by Rapper 2 Milly on Wednesday in California district court. Rapper 2 Milly mentioned, it’s not that he doesn’t want it in the game but instead the way how Epic Games is making money off these without asking any permissions from the original creators.
This Milly Rock dance was originally featured in a music video back in 2014. This music video includes the popular dance which is now being called “Swipe It” in Fortnite. This “Swipe It” was brought to Frotnite with its Season 5. It’s an unlockable emote in Fortnite which is only available to the players who purchased the $10 season battle pass.
David L. Hecht, a partner at Pierce Bainbridge said:
This isn’t the first time that Epic Games has brazenly misappropriated the likeness of African-American talent. Our client Lenwood ‘Skip’ Hamilton is pursuing similar claims against Epic for use of his likeness in the popular ‘Cole Train’ character in the ‘Gears of War’ video game franchise. Epic cannot be allowed to continue to take what does not belong to it.
Rapper 2 Milly then made it clear that he never received anything for the inclusion of his insanely popular dance in Fortnite.
“They never even asked for my permission,” Milly said. “I am thrilled to have David Hecht and his team at Pierce Bainbridge representing me to help right this wrong.”
Now it’s not only 2 Milly who’s in this situation right now. Fortnite includes various other dance emotes from artists like Snoop Dogg, Chance the Rapper and more.
Before this, Chance the Rapper took it to Twitter to question Fortnite’s use of dance emotes.
Fortnite should put the actual rap songs behind the dances that make so much money as Emotes. Black creatives created and popularized these dances but never monetized them. Imagine the money people are spending on these Emotes being shared with the artists that made them
However, Epic Games has remained silent on the issue until now. We have not heard a word from the team about what they think about this. Swipe Dance is currently not available in the game but it’s still available to use by those who bought it. It’s one of the most popular emotes in Fortnite still.
We expect Epic Games to finally find a solution to this as it really seems unfair to those who worked hard to create these dance moves.
In other Fortnite news, Epic Games is now working on to bring a new mode called creative mode in the game. This creative mode in Fortnite allows the players to play on islands totally designed by themselves.