Having extreme popularity is bound to draw proportionally extreme hate as well, it’s all relative and inevitable. Fortnite: Battle Royale is one example of this since the developers are now being sued left and right by artists and trendsetters for “using” their dance moves via in-game emotes. This time around, the “Backpack Kid” is suing Fortnite for “his” Floss Dance.
Teenager Russell Horning, also known as Backpack Kid, became a viral sensation when he performed his signature Floss Dance after Katy Perry invited him in one of her SNL performances. Fortnite recently incorporated the Floss Dance in one of their game emotes. They even named it “Floss” and has the same exact moves that Horning performed.
Horning’s mother was not pleased with this move from Epic Games, developer of Fortnite. His mother perceived this as the developers making money off of Horning’s trend because “Floss” from Fortnite was sold as part of the Premium Battle Pass package which players had to buy with real money. So they sued Epic Games:
the wrinkle in the backpack kid v epic lawsuit is uuuuuuhh backpack kid literally participated in a fortnite promotional event pic.twitter.com/ZSxBjFxM9H— brian feldman (@bafeldman) December 18, 2018
Apparently, Horning is staying away from the legal side of things because he’s “just a kid” and lets his mother and a lawyer take point. While Horning does prefer that Epic Games pay him for his dance moves, he admitted that it’s “not that big of a deal” and that he is even glad it is in the game.
Still, this is not the first time Fortnite has been sued regarding a dance move. Celebrity Alfonso Ribeiro has also sued Epic Games recently for using his “The Carlton” dance move. Epic Games is simply not going to be able to just dance this one off.
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