Fortnite is making loads of money through in-game microtransactions despite being a free to play game. Fortnite earns a lot by selling skins and dance emotes which are mostly created by hip-hop artists and internet celebrities but sadly without their consent. Fortnite has been sued once again but this time by Russell Horning aka Backpack Kid.
Russell Horning aka Backpack Kid is the latest celebrity to file a lawsuit against Epic Games over using his dance in Fortnite without his permission. This Fortnite lawsuit is filed by Horning’s mother.
Russell Horning aka Backpack Kid is claiming over the dance move called “the Floss” in Fortnite which arrived with the second season. The backpack kid is famous online for his dance “Flossing”.
Horning became a big viral sensation and he was specially invited to various events to perform his signature dance moves. He performed “the floss” from Fortnite in a live performance which featured Katy Perry with her song “Swish Swish” on Saturday Night Live. That video of him currently has more than 53 million views today.
In Fortnite, the move is called “the Floss” and you can quickly see that it’s exactly the same dance move which Russell Horning aka Backpack Kid is famous for.
Before this, we saw the rapper 2 Milly filing a lawsuit against Epic Games. Alfonso Ribeiro from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has also sued Epic Games for using his Carlton Dance in the game without his permission.
Though the backpack kid is unlike others who have filed a lawsuit against Fortnite. This is because Horning has participated in many Fortnite seasonal events. He was also the part of Fortnite’s big E3 tournament.
TMZ got the chance to ask the backpack kid about the inclusion of his dance in the game or whether he should get anything from Epic Games for it or not. He replied by saying “it’s not that big of a deal, I’m just glad it’s in the game.” It’s clear that Horning had a change of mind and it’s going to be interesting to see how this all actually turns out.
The Floss is now inextricably linked to Backpack Kid and has continued to be a part of his celebrity persona,” the lawsuit claims.
According to the reports, he is also suing 2K Sports for using his dance in NBA 2K and is being represented by the law firm called Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht. Epic Games was also reached out by Variety but was told that “the company does not comment on ongoing litigation”.
In other news, Epic Games has confirmed that Save The World mode will not be coming for free this year. Save The World from Fortnite was supposed to be free to play in 2018 but Epic Games now says that they need more time to work on it before opening it to a wider audience.
A new event called 14 days of Fortnite is also starting today. This 14 days of Fortnite is a holiday event and it brings new challenges, new and old LTM’s and more.