Could Fortnite's historic earnings bring about a slew of lawsuits from "dance originators?"
SuperData is reporting that Fortnite has achieved singular status in video game history - the distinction being: the highest annual profit margin ever recorded. Get this: Fortnite pulled in $2.4 billion in net profits in 2018 alone, leading the pack by several "barrier reefs" in depth. What makes the numbers even more staggering is that Fornite is essentially a free-download, with in-game purchases coming by way of player upgrades, skins and emotes.
Only one other "play-to-play" type of game joined Fortnite in the Digital "Earnings" Top 10, a distinction reserved for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and its $1 billion sales mark. Only Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds eclipsed the $1 billion mark in 2018. In 3rd place, EA Sports ' FIFA 18 generated a respectable $790 million in sales. But in fairness, FIFA should technically rank second below Fortnite, with respect to the $482 million in revenue generated by FIFA 19 due to a running start in the month of September.
Given what is known about Fortnite's annual revenue-share, it would be advisable to warn against further legal trouble. Back in December, 2 Milly, the inventor of the Milly Rock craze, sued Epic Games for putting his dance in the game without his permission. While 2 Milly may have been the lone "dance originator" to follow through with a class action suit, countless others who feel similarly "wronged" are likely gauging the situation from a comfortable distance.