Fortnite and its dance emotes are hugely popular among its fanbase. While players have been casually performing them in the streets, even world-class soccer players have performed Fortnite dances during the World Cup, highlighting just how much of an impact this game is having. With Fortnite dances already having made it onto the world stage, it was only a matter of time before they were featured on primetime television.
Last night, Korean pop sensation BTS appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. During one of the group's segments with the hosts, they performed the Fortnite dance challenge. Taking it in turns, Jimmy, along with BTS members RM, Jimin, J-Hope, Jungkook, Jin, Suga, and V, performed some of Fortnite's best-known moves including Orange Justice, Tidy, Flapper, and the Electro Shuffle.
Jimmy Fallon is an avid gamer, having also featured Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime on the show during a segment with the Nintendo Switch. Likewise, BTS are also big fans of gaming as they play Overwatch, StarCraft, and they even have their own mobile music rhythm title, SuperStar BTS. Given that Fortnite is the biggest game on the planet right now, it makes perfect sense for the Tonight Show to feature a segment like this.
But even so, Fortnite developer Epic Games and many of those in the player community will be glad to see the dances on such a high profile program. Beyond the stories of the damage Fortnite may cause to children or the concerns that people are playing it a little too much, it shows that the dance emotes can bring people together for some good and wholesome dance-off fun.
After this video, the question on the lips of many ARMY members (the name of BTS' fanbase) and Fortnite players is whether we could see BTS get their very own dance emote in the game. BTS members are known for their dancing skills (J-Hope is featured in Drake's In My Feelings video, for example) and many fans around the world have been performing the choreography from "Idol," the title track from BTS' latest album. Epic has certainly taken notice of the video, having commented "Nice job, Jimmy" from the official Fortnite YouTube account. However, it's unclear whether a BTS-inspired emote is on the cards.
Fortnite is available on PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and iOS devices. An Android beta is currently taking place.