Epic Games has found itself in a bit of hot water this week, as Brooklyn-based rapper 2 Milly has filed a lawsuit against it, alleging the company has stolen his best moves.
The dance in question is known as "swipe it", and it appeared in the music video for 2 Milly's 2014 hit, Milly Rock. Milly's claim is that the game has stolen and continues to sell his creation, and therefore illegally appropriates his likeness. He's looking to force his dance out of the game, before seeking compensation for any damages.
The issue of dances being stolen and placed in video games is one that just keeps resurfacing, and it'll be interesting to see whether this lawsuit will inspire others to come forward with similar legal claims.
Dear fortnite... I’m flattered? Though part of me thinks I should talk to a lawyer... — Donald Faison (@donald_faison) April 1, 2018
Big names such as Chance the Rapper have previously complained about Fornite's use of viral dance moves, as has actor Donald Faison, who argued that a dance he created bears a striking similarity to Fortnite's "emote" dance.
For sure, the 2 Milly lawsuit will play a deciding part in whether we'll continue to see viral dances in our favourite games. That being said, they've become such a huge part of Fortnite's identity that Epic Games may eventually just have to bite the bullet and pay out.