BlocBoy JB has filed a lawsuit against Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite, according to a report in TMZ. The Memphis rapper alleges the company took a dance move he created called the "Shoot" and animated it into the video game without his permission. In Fortnite, the dance is called "Hype."
In a September tweet, BlocBoy appeared frustrated by the apparent use of his move. He wrote: “EveryTime Somebody Does My Dance Dey Give Credit To @FortniteGame But Dey Ain’t Create Nothing But Da Game So Basically Dey Takin Money And Credit For My Shit Dats Crazy.” See the tweet below:
Fortnite contains a number of animated dances apparently taken from a number of sources. The movement to compensate the originators of the different moves grew prominence after Chance The Rapper tweeted in support last July. Epic Games currently faces two separate lawsuits over allegedly stolen dances: from New York's 2 Milly, creator of the "Milly Rock," and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air's Alfonso Ribeiro, who coined "The Carlton" as the show's Carlton Banks.