The popular game called Fortnite has undoubtedly taken over the world of pop culture, but that dominance has sparked controversy over who gets the credit for a few contents in the game. in fact, some dances of Fortnite were originally popularized by black creators and performers, only to appear in the game without input or credit and without generating revenue for the artist. However, the creator of Fortnite known as Epic Games may be changing how the game develops dances that have brought the game so much attention.
A month ago, the creator of Billy Bounce called YouFunnyB, took to Twitter and announced that he worked with Epic Games in order to get his dance in the game. Then, Epic Games confirmed the collaboration to Polygon. When it appeared in the Fortnite store, the price of the Billy Bounce is 500 V-Bucks, which is about $5. Each player of Fortnite is able to use the emote to traverse around the map without breaking rhythm.
Actually, the Billy Bounce blew up back in 2014. It was when it became a part of a dance craze on Vine. It is still unknown whether YouFunnyB was paid for working with Epic Games. The developer also did not share additional details, and YouFunnyB did not respond in time for press. While the owner of the dance is not credited in the game, it appears that he is taking it all in stride.
YouFunnyB wrote on his Instagram that he is not trippin, in response to a question about credit. 2018 was the rite of a number of lawsuits aimed at Fortnite for incorporating emotes that were definitely based on existing popular moves, such as the Carlton dance. While all the legal proceeding were dismissed, the existence of them inspired more conversations about what Fortnite owes to black creators. Basically, emotes are taken from popular culture in many games, but the success and reliance on microtransactions of Fortnite made it easy to argue that borrowing dances without credit or payment was an issue of cultural appropriation.
A contributor of Waypoint named Yussef Cole wrote that from early vaudeville and mistral shows, to TV shows such as American Bandstand with Dick Clark, to musicians like Elvis Presley, while America has long maintained a largely unacknowledged extractive relationship with the creative output of its black people.
He continued that there has always been a division between black performers and the fruit of their creativity. While the emotes of Fortnite come from a wide variety of sources, some fans feel that the larger racial history at play made the game fall into a deeper overarching issue that pertains specifically to black creators.
As Fortnite grows, it seems like Epic Games has become more willing to work with the other parties to develop content for this popular game. in addition to a burgeoning Creative Mode where players are able to develop content that are able to be featured by Epic Games, the developer also recently paid two players for helping them develop a limited time mode that promoted Jordan shoes.