Epic and Fortnite’s dance lawsuits

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Epic and Fortnite’s dance lawsuits

One of the most recognizable elements of Fortnite is the in-game emotes. Many of the dances featured in the selectable emotes crib elements from popular dances, many of which have been popularized by their creators. Some have questioned the use of these dances, especially since the originators do not receive any recognition or monetary return for their use.

Several lawsuits have begun to emerge in response to the game’s use of these dances, which can be unlocked by purchasing them with real-world money. Below is an up-to-date list of articles covering this ongoing story.

Epic and Fornite’s dance lawsuits

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Epic and Fornite’s dance lawsuits

One of the most recognizable elements of Fortnite is the in-game emotes. Many of the dances featured in the selectable emotes crib elements from popular dances, many of which have been popularized by their creators. Some have questioned the use of these dances, especially since the originators do not receive any recognition or monetary return for their use.

Several lawsuits have begun to emerge in response to the game’s use of these dances, which can be unlocked by purchasing them with real-world money. Below is an up-to-date list of articles covering this ongoing story.

Backpack Kid is also suing Epic Games over a dance in Fortnite

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Backpack Kid is also suing Epic Games over a dance in Fortnite

Russell Horning, also known as Backpack Kid, is the latest celebrity to sue Epic games over claims that the company used his dance in Fortnite without permission, according to Horning’s legal representatives.

The dance Horning is claiming ownership over, “Flossing,” was what first helped him gain notoriety online. After posting videos of himself doing the dance on Instagram, Horning quickly became a viral sensation getting invited to various events and performances for his signature dance. The Fortnite dance emote that provoked the legal action is called “The Floss,” and is instantly recognizable as the dance that Horning made famous.

Dreams’ long-awaited first beta begins tomorrow

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Dreams’ long-awaited first beta begins tomorrow

Media Molecule will finally release the first beta for Dreams, its upcoming create-your-own-game maker, to a select group of users starting tomorrow, Dec. 19. Subscribers to the studio’s newsletter will have first access to the demo, while the general public will be able to register to take part starting Jan. 8.

The studio held a livestream on Tuesday afternoon to announce the launch, which it had previously promised would happen before 2018 was up. It’s still possible to join the Media Molecule mailing list as of now, so PlayStation 4 users excited about the game can get in on the early access period. They’ll have until Jan. 21 to check out the creators mode demo.

Magic Leap’s Luna Moondust Garden points to an augmented future

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Magic Leap’s Luna Moondust Garden points to an augmented future

I’ve been following Magic Leap from its genesis as megalodon-sized funding monster, through its hype-deflation crisis and into its current status as proto-consumer blockbuster (maybe). The device can currently be bought for a couple of grand, but with a name like “Creator’s Edition”, it’s pitched squarely at developers. Actual consumer launch details have yet to be announced.

Last week, I had my first real play with the augmented reality glasses. I visited Funomena’s offices in San Francisco, and played with that company’s fairytale game Luna Moondust Garden, which is out today.

Battlefield 5 team apologizes to community, rolls back time to kill changes

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Battlefield 5 team apologizes to community, rolls back time to kill changes

Battlefield 5 has had a difficult launch. Among the controversies plaguing the game is the “time to kill” metric, also known as the TTK, which is how long it takes players to bring down a given enemy. An update last week raised the TTK, making players more robust. But upon further review, the team has decided to roll those changes back.

Along with the reversion comes an apology to the community at large.

Fortnite patch v7.10 adds new and classic modes for the holidays

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Fortnite patch v7.10 adds new and classic modes for the holidays

Despite some last minute issues, which Epic expected to cause some delays, Fortnite patch v7.10 has arrived on time and looks to to help bring some holiday spirit to the game.

While the newest vehicle, the Driftboard, won’t be coming in this patch, v7.10 does bring a few significant changes, as the beginning of Fortnite’s holiday event. This event is called “14 Days of Fortnite” and will feature a variety of limited-time modes. The mode will feature old favorites that players have come to know and love over the last year and new modes that Epic is remaining secretive about. The modes themselves will be on a rotating schedule with big team modes rotating out every two days and smaller team modes coming and going every 24 hours.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the fastest-selling game in the series on the fastest-selling system this generation

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the fastest-selling game in the series on the fastest-selling system this generation

Nintendo has announced that the Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling video game system of this generation, according to data from The NPD Group.

“From its launch in March 2017 through November 2018, Nintendo Switch has sold more than 8.7 million units, outpacing U.S. sales of all other current-generation systems at the same point in their life cycles,” Nintendo said in a statement.

An officially licensed Warhammer 40K animated series is in the works

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An officially licensed Warhammer 40K animated series is in the works

Games Workshop is making an animated series based on the popular Warhammer 40,000 franchise, the company announced Monday. Called Angels of Death, it is the first officially licensed series of its kind. Helming the project is the team behind the popular Helsreach series of fan-made cartoons and a live-action film released in October.

“We’re bringing the grim darkness of the far future to life like never before,” Games Workshop wrote on its official community blog. “Get ready for epic battle, heroic sacrifice, loads of explosions, brutal close-combat chainsword duels, and some pathos-laden dialogue that’ll fill your belly with fire and stretch your heart strings to breaking.”