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Fortnite Uses Emote Of The Renegade Dance, Crediting 14-Year-Old Jalaiah Harmon

Fortnite continues copying pop culture, this time, it launched new in-game emote of viral TikTok dance, Renegade. A 14-year-old Atlanta resident, Jalaiah Harmon had created it in 2019.


Fortnite credits Harmon for the dance with its announcement captioned; “Go, go, go, go, let’s go and bust out some [fire] moves by @jalaiah.”



This is not the first time Fortnite is featuring real-world dances in the game. Since it began gaining popularity in 2017, the game has featured a number of real-world dances copied from pop culture.

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From dances on old television shows, like the dance inspired by Scrubs actor Donald Faison. Many of these dances were originally invented by black creators before going viral on social media.


This as not come without trouble though as the games creator, Epic has had a number of lawsuits filed against it over claims of infringing on likeness or copyright by using the dances without permission.


Epic held a TikTok dance contest earlier this year in 2020 with transparent licensing terms and this has allowed it to turn streamers’ dance moves into emotes with the permission and collaboration of the creators.


The game also made a skin, emote and other in-game items for Popular streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins in January 2020 as part of a deal between the two parties.


It’s not clear whether Epic and Harmon struck an agreement but considering its history with lawsuits regarding dance emotes, it’s a possibility.


Fortnite creating the Renegade emote is another win for Harmon, as she initially didn’t get credit for the dance even after it went viral on TikTok. However, after articles in The New York Times and Vox gave her credit for her creation, she got her recognition.


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