Fortnite has offered many of its emotes to players in the past, and it is no surprise that it has come up with a new one. Although, what is interesting is that the new emote is a collaboration between Epic games for their game Fortnite and Jalaiah Harmon who has recently come into the light for creating the popular Renegade TikTok dance.
It was recently announced by Epic through its Twitter handle that they are launching a new emote in Fortnite and that would be the dance by Harmon. The exact words in the tweet, with a video of the, emote were, “Go, go, go, go, let’s go and bust out some [fire] moves by @jalaiah.” The viral TikTok dance created by a young girl has led the company to collaborate on a project like this.
No information has been shared on what exactly the deal would be between Epic and Harmon, or if there is one at all. Not having a properly termed deal seems unlikely because Epic’s history with its dance emotes hasn’t been the best because of all the legal battles the company still is a part of.
Since Fortnite’s launch in 2017, and during its successive rise, Epic has come up with many pop culture connected dances through its emotes in the game. Some have been directly copied while some have been inspired by old television shows. One of the memorable ones has been the default dance by Donald Faison from Scrubs.
Most of the dances that Epic has featured have gone viral on social media and many black creators also involved in that process. Although, many lawsuits have come Epic’s way where it has been claimed that the dances copied without permission. Some of these lawsuits are still in the process, so it is obvious why Epic would credit Harmon in the tweet.
It seems that Epic might have gotten Harmon on board before launching the emote while the company is drifting from its earlier strategy of copying popular dances without credit. Earlier also a TikTok dance contest was held by the company where many popular dance moves were turned into emotes but with proper licensing terms.
Through a deal in January, Epic gave Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins his own skin, emote, and other in-game deals as well. It is also known that all collaborators in the dance contest were asked for their permission before turning popular dances into emotes.
Now that Harmon’s popular Renegade dance has been turned into an emote as well, it is expected that she would get some credit for it. While her moves were slowly getting popular on various social media platforms, it wasn’t known that the creator of those moves was her. After many articles by the New York Times and Vox, it came to be known who the creator of the dance was.
It is a very influential contribution that has been made by Jalaiah Harmon to the world of pop culture, and it is assured through Fortnite that her moves would live endlessly.