Fortnite's newest collaboration is unlike any other Epic Games has done since the game's release on July 21, 2017. Epic Games will partner with TikTok for the Fortnite #EmoteRoyaleContest, in which players and members of the Fortnite community will post their own original dance moves to TikTok for a chance to become a Fortnite emote.
The #EmoteRoyaleContest was announced via the Fortnite twitter account on January 18, 2020 at 7:00 AM PST, which included the entry deadline of January 24th as well as a link to the Epic Games official blog for more information on the contest.
Those looking to participate in the #EmoteRoyaleContest must submit their own original dance move in the form of a TikTok video with music, which is the standard medium for TikTok content creation. The winning dance will become an Emote in Fortnite, and the winner will receive 25,000 V-Bucks, as well as a Fortnite VIP giveaway package.
Fortnite is known for its dancing, with the 'floss' becoming its own trend across the world, especially with North American professional sports teams. At E3 2019, Fortnite's area, which dwarfed nearly ever other game at the convention despite Epic Games not having anything new for Fortnite, featured a dance area where people could show off their moves in neon lights for a emote-inspired photo op.
Streamers Imane "Pokimane" Anys and Jordan Fisher, the latter of whom competed in the 2019 Fortnite World Cup Celebrity Pro-Am as the duo partner of FaZe Clan's Soleil “Ewok” Wheeler, have created submissions on TikTok as an example for participants. Both Fisher and Pokimane's dances have also been turned into emotes to give participants an idea of what their own personal emote might look compared to their original Tiktok clip should their dance win the #EmoteRoyaleContest.
Entrants of the #EmoteRoyaleContest must use TikTok's pre-selected Fortnite tracks, be at least 13 years of age, and adhere to the contest's official rules. All entries must be submitted during the contest period, which begins January 18, at 12:00 AM PST and ends January 24, 11:59 PM PST.