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UPDATED: A young artist is accusing Epic Games of stealing her design for the ‘Taro’ skin



UPDATE 7:35 PT Sunday, March 31st: The main source of the news, DJShadow_TV has deleted the original tweet and said they were misled by the artist. The deletion came after a post by DingDongVG who checked a cached version of the artist’s DeviantArt site and saw that the photo replaced a different photo in the gallery section.

The one thing still left unexplained is the previous versions resembling her designs. Her Facebook post has been deleted and so have her previous designs which were in the comments. We will update this article again if there is more information that comes out in the coming days.

The original article is below in it’s entirety:

A post on Twitter gained traction yesterday when Ruby Ramirez, a young DeviantArt artist, alleged Epic stole her design.

A tweet from another artist DJShadow_TV was picked up by the community and currently sits at over 16,000 likes.

As you can see from the Facebook post, the two designs are very similar, from the unique aspects of the character to the colors chosen by the designer.

Here are some things that appear in both designs: Horns, blue hair behind a red/yellow headband, white face, red rope belt with white on the knot, and a feather-like design on the shoulder blades.

Here is the original Facebook post from the artist with the translation from Spanish beneath it:

Here is a translation where the top two breaks are from Google Translate and the bottom two were provided by one of readers (BlueLizard75) in the Twitter replies.

“Help: ^ (the fortnite took out a skin almost identical to my burrito and now I can not use it without being told to copy it 🙁

JzjNJ has already died my burrito x “d

Please, if you’re an “intellectual” wanting to be like a complete idiot better get out of here, they are disgusting :^(

by the way ,,, I did not do it for Fortnite, it’s one more character than the thousands I have, do not tell me that bullshit because I hit them”

Basically, she claims they copied her skin and is worried that now she won’t be able to use her own design without people claiming she copied it from Epic. She also says that she did not design it for Fortnite or send it to them at any time.

The dates have been called into question but multiple people have said they have seen her artwork before the design ever appeared in the game. DeviantArt appears to back this up according to this tweet:

While it is true that DeviantArt artists can change the contents of a post, people in the comments pulled up previous versions of her design where you can see the beginnings of the pictured design in the original Facebook post.

Forbes was one of the first sites to report these allegations and Forbes reporter Erik Kain reached out to Epic Games for comment.

A spokesperson replied to Kain with this: “We take these claims seriously and are in the process of investigating them.”

While Ramirez did not mention a lawsuit in her initial post, her comment sections were filled with people telling her to go after Epic Games in court.

Whether or not she has a case will come down to how much of the copyright she retains when posting a design to DeviantArt, and how similar a design must be to constitute copyright infringement.

Our readers are likely familiar with the lawsuits arising from rappers/actors alleging Epic stole their dances. As we covered previously, copyright of a dance is very tricky as they almost always have an influence from another source.

Art designs on the other hand are easier to identify a copyright case. Esports attorney Ryan Morrison offered free council to the artist but said he wouldn’t share his opinion on this matter in a public forum.

This is an evolving story and we will likely receive an update as to how Epic is going to proceed in the coming days.

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Fortnite adds new movement mechanics to Save The World with v21.20 update

Finally Epic Games have added major updates to its PvE Save The World campaign with the latest v21.20 update. Here’s the latest on that.



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After a long time finally, Fortnite’s PvE campaign Save the World receives major updates with v21.20 and players cannot be happier. It has been almost a year since the game received an update with the latest game mechanics and things are looking good for the game mode more than ever.

Save The World campaign has been around in Fortnite ever since its initial days. Some OG players would say that the game mode itself was the actual Fortnite and still is due to its originality in the storyline and the classic graphics it boasts.

During Chapter 2 of the Battle Royale game mode, players slowly parted ways with Save The World, once it came out of Early Access and was accessible to anyone who bought a special cosmetic pack from the Item Shop. As a result, Epic also stopped updating the game mode with the latest mechanics and features and instead shifted its focus to Battle Royale.

But ever since the launch of Chapter 3, when Epic decided to add animals to the PvE campaign, players were hoping to finally get some latest Sprint, Mantle, and Crouch mechanics to the game mode soon enough. Looks like the day has finally arrived and Epic has indeed added some major updates to the game mode.

Epic adds new Movement Mechanics to Save The World in the latest update

Save The World game mode has just received a major update in the form of the latest movement mechanics as Sprinting, Sliding, Mantling, Crouching, and Shoulder Bashing Doors gets added to it. Now players can use the latest movement mechanics they have been using in Battle Royale game mode in Save The World and fight the Husk Monsters in their own unique way.

Fortnite also posted some clips on their official blog alongside the Homebase Status report v21.20 of how players can use the Ninja hero in their loadout and climb greater heights by combining the mantle feature with a double jump.

In addition to these features, Epic also added Fennix as the next hero to enter the PvE campaign and has given a dedicated questline called Flight of the Fennix to the character. Players can now jump in the game and complete quests linked to Fennix to acquire the hero in their loadout and use its ferocious powers to Save The World.

As Epic continues to improve the stability of its Battle Royale and Creative game modes, it is surely pleasing to see that finally Save The World is receiving a similar treatment with major changes being made to improve its gameplay experience. Nevertheless, the player base speculates in the coming days the PvE will also receive the popular Overshield feature as they experience in Zero Build as well as some new weapons added to their loadout.

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What are Social Tags in Fortnite Season 3 and how to use them?

Social Tags are finally here in Fortnite and players can connect with random players across the world based on their preferences. Here’s how you can use them.



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Fortnite Season 3 has introduced players to several new features, a new UI and a more colorful island to drop in. One of these most awaited and heavily rumored features was Social Tags. Now that it’s finally here, players are loving how it adds their in-game personality to their profile.

Loopers are enjoying every bit about the latest Chapter 3 Season 3. From ballers, exciting new POIs, the brand new Reality Sapling loot system, all the new additions accompany one another in a perfect manner.

However, the user interface options in Fortnite have stayed stagnant for a long period of time and required a major overhaul with the evolution of the gameplay. With the addition of Explore and game playlists options earlier this year, Epic showed its player base about the potential of what Fortnite can be.

In addition to all these features, something felt missing that allowed players to connect with other active players who have similar interests and the way they play Fortnite. Enter Social Tags which were added in the most recent v21.10 update. Here’s what they are and how you can use them.

Use Social Tags to define your choices and find similar players in Fortnite

Social Tags in Fortnite are basically name tags you can add to your Fortnite profile on the sidebar section. These tags signify how you play Fortnite and you can get recommendations on the Explore Menu of similar experiences.

If you enjoy a certain Battle Royale or Creative mode, you can add a tag for it. One player at max, can add 3 tags to their profile. It could be a mix of Creative, Battle Royale which bbasically have gameplay modes and Miscellaneous which has more options like Chill, Quests, Mic On etc.

To apply Social Tags to your profile, do the following steps:

  1. Click on your profile icon in the left sidebar.
  2. Select +Add Tag option on your profile.
  3. Add social tags from the list available there.
  4. Save and confirm the selected tags. (Max 3)

Once assigned, they will show up on your profile and would tell others how you choose to play Fortnite. Furthermore, you can head to Looking For A Party option on the left sidebar, right above settings to search for random players who play Fortnite the way you do.

It will then show a list of players who are active currently in-game and are in the lobby with how many players. Moreover, you can send them a party invite or a request to join your party. You can also choose to turn off this option.

This feature promotes healthy connectivity between players who play Fortnite in a similar way and helps prevent toxicity between Casuals and Sweats in the game. Additionally, it creates a healthy divide between the two communities if one enjoys grinding Arenas while others purely enjoy Public matches.

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How to get the Skate Park Royalty STW pack in Fortnite Season 3

New Season, New Save The World pack hits the Item Shop. Here’s how you can get it.



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Fortnite’s seasonal Save The World packs always offer a great cosmetic item, a bunch of V-Bucks and access to the exclusive PVE campaign that OG players still love. This season brings a fresh cosmetic Skate Park Royalty pack to the shop and loopers are digging it’s vibe.

Ever since Save The World came out of Early Access, it has been fairly accessible to all players alike as it comes along with a separate item shop pack which not only offers the game, but rewards that loopers can use in Battle Royale modes as well. Gone are the days when upon purchasing a STW pack used to give daily V-Bucks to players and Bonus Quests where they could farm V-Bucks.

As some would say the game mode is nearly dead, Fortnite keeps updating its world every once in a while and keeps on fixing its issues so it stays intact with its niche community of players. From adding animals to the game to introducing new Loot Llamas, Epic has been putting in the work to keep the game alive while they can.

However, the only thing about the mode that attracts the player base is the bonus cosmetics and V-Bucks a player gets upon purchasing the game mode. With the launch of Season 3, where the island is colorful and loopers are vibing, a skater appears in the latest STW pack.

Fortnite releases Skate Park Royalty Pack to Season 3

Fortnite announced the latest Save The World pack this season named Skate Park Royalty Pack. The pack includes cosmetics like the Toni outfit, Ollie Oop Backbling, Inline Impacter Pickaxe which are all skate themed.

Moreover, the pack rewards the players with an exclusive access to Save the World PVE Campaign as well as a whopping 1500 V-Bucks to use across all game modes. However, the price of the pack is $15.99 USD (US) | £12.99 Pound Sterling (UK) .

Loopers can purchase this pack from Epic Games Store or the Fortnite Item Shop. The pack received positive reviews from the player base and pros who are regular buyers of STW packs and stands its reputation alongside Metal Team Leader and more OG STW skins.

However, the future seems bright for Save the World players as features like Gyro and Flick Stick and Vault/Sprint are yet to be added to the game, which might be a possibility soon. Although more will be revealed later this season as the first update v21.10 drops today.

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