Epic Games disables emotes in Fortnite during Martin Luther King Jr event to prevent mockery

Epic Games on August 26 released a new event in Fortnite featuring Martin Luther King Jr. The event is a celebration of his life and achievements and features an in-game museum that takes you through a history lesson with a loop of MLK’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech playing for players to watch.

Now, Fortnite has made some changes to how players can behave once entering the March Through Time event.

Fortnite disabled all emotes, minus the eight available from the event, that can be used during the March Through Time event. The change comes just one day after the event kicked off.

Epic Games said: “These activities progress players through the experience and bring to life important themes of Dr. King’s speech: we move forward when we work together.”

It’s likely Epic wanted to curtail player behavior that they saw as detracting from their desire to make this a learning experience for players.

The event was received with mixed criticism from Fortnite players and the gaming community at large.

MLK’s own daughter chimed in on the controversy around the event, saying “Decisions around licensing my father’s intellectual property are outside of my personal purview.”

Epic probably should’ve had the foresight to know that kids would be L-dancing during the MLK speech, but at least the change came quickly. Hopefully, these changes can help make the event as much of a learning experience as possible for kids who are learning about MLK for the first time.