Since it came out in July 2017, the co-op survival game Fortnite has taken the world by storm. In less than a year, the game’s devoted online community has helped it become the sixth highest grossing PC game ever and, as is usually the case when it comes to anything with a cultish online following, a viral hero has stepped forward from the crowd. The Fortnite hero? “Orange Shirt Kid,” whose iconic dance moves are now part of the game.
Last month Epic, the developer behind Fortnite, announced their BoogieDown contest in which people were told to submit their very own dances which could be chosen as a new “emote” (random dance move) in Fortnite. Orange Shirt Kid lost the contest but became an icon within the community. After more than 14,000 people signed a petition to get Epic to change the winner, the developer elected to just add the dance move. Hilariously called “Orange Justice,” players can either buy the emote by purchasing Fortnite’s Battle Pass or reach tier 26 an earn it.
— XFCTR (@Kid_Fortnite12) March 30, 2018
As it turns out, Orange Shirt Kid had no idea that they would ultimately make his moves an emote but was still pretty excited that someone would be able to kill him in the game and then do his dance move to celebrate it.
Can’t wait for someone to kill me, know its me then do my dance. It’ll be so funny. GG Epic
— XFCTR (@Kid_Fortnite12) May 1, 2018
The dance move in question was actually not invented by Orange Shirt Kid. It’s commonly referred to as the “Roy Purdy Dance,” after YouTube personality Roy Purdy who’s been doing the dance since at least last year. Still, it’s nice to see the kid get some shine for it.
“This is gonna be the new default dance,” one player wrote on Reddit. “The best thing the community and the kid could have possibly wished for.”