After fending off multiple lawsuits, Epic Games has opted to collaborate with an artist in the creation of a new Fortnite dance emote.
In a post on Twitter, dancer and comedian YouFunnyB revealed that Epic worked with him directly to include his popular Billy Bounce dance move in Fortnite.
Working directly with a creator represents a substantial change in approach from Epic Games. Previously, dance moves which were co-opted for the game were also given different names on the store page.
S/o @fortnite for letting me add my dance to the game #billybounce . Did it for yah of course💪🏾🙏🏾💯 yah enjoy yourselves🕺#billybouncemovement— #FreeYouFunnyB (@FreeYoufunnyB) May 23, 2019
First dance from the #DMV to be put on fortnite pic.twitter.com/LNdclAwd0Z
While the Billy Bounce retains its original name, as Polygon notes, YouFunnyB is not credited anywhere in the game.
Over the past seven months, several dance creators have -- unsuccessfully -- tried to sue Epic Games for selling their moves as in-game emotes.
In one case, Epic was accused of consistently seeking to exploit African American talent.
The latest of these suits -- which is still underway -- came from musician Leo Pellegrino, who claims the developer misappropriated his likeness.