There could be something brewing on Fornite’s horizon, and it could spell disaster for the wildly popular emotes available in-game.
The fresh one in particular is up for debate, with actor Alphonso Ribiero of Fresh Prince of Bel Air fame looking to sue Epic Games for using his signature dance move.
This follows a recent suit from rapper 2 Milly for using his Milly Rock dance.
Ribiero’s lawyer, David Hecht, informed TMZ that Epic Games’ dance move in Fortnite mimics the iconic one performed by the Fresh Prince actor, with him failing to receive any sort of compensation or asking his permission to use it.
“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,” Hecht told TMZ.
“Epic has earned record profits off of downloadable content in the game, including emotes like ‘Fresh.’ Yet Epic has failed to compensate or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro for the use of his likeness and iconic intellectual property,” he adds.
Whether or not Ribiero will be successful in his claim remains to be seen, but if he does win the case, it could set a precedent for others. Donald Faison from Scrubs for one, is also a bit angered that Fortnite took his original dance from the TV series to use in Fortnite without asking him either.
Dear fortnite… I’m flattered? Though part of me thinks I should talk to a lawyer…
— Donald Faison (@donald_faison) April 1, 2018
As such we could see Epic Games being forced to settle, or perhaps even remove some of Fortnite player’s favourite dance moves from the game.
Consequently it should prove interesting to see how this all plays out.