Fortnite released a unique LTM to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic speech in Washington D.C. back in 1963. The LTM known as March Through Time has received a fair bit of criticism from the community.
Given that Superman and Rick Sanchez could be seen performing unrelated emotes in front of the virtual Lincoln Memorial, Epic Games had to step in and block the usage of all unrelated emotes from the LTM within 24 hours of its release.
However, the statement from Bernice King comes after an official statement from The Martin Luther King Jr. Center's official Twitter handle. Here's everything that happened.
Fortnite's March Through Time spurs controversy
In an official statement regarding the licensing of Martin Luther King Jr.'s intellectual property, the Center tweeted that they were not involved with either Epic Games or TIME Inc. Additionally, the center also confirmed that these sorts of licensing decisions are made by Intellectual Properties Management, also known as IPM.
Following this tweet, Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter, Bernice King retweeted the statement along with a quote of her own. Bernice said,
"Decisions around licensing my father’s intellectual property are outside of my personal purview."
Having said that, it seems certain that the March Through Time LTM in Fortnite had no connection with the King family at all. However, the entire LTM experience could have been handled better by Epic Games.
Considering the legacy and historical significance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s struggles, there should be a few basic modifications to the otherwise edgy in-game environment of Fortnite.