Epic Games have come clean and admitted that the Impostors mode they added to Fortnite was inspired by Among Us.
By “come clean” we mean that, after going “nah nah, can’t hear you” for two months they’ve finally admitted what was blatantly obvious to anyone with one functioning sense. Epic introduced Impostors back in August which, although it copied Among Us, the hugely popular multiplayer whodunnit, was much less fun to play.
Now, in their latest set of Fortnite update notes, Epic Games states:
“..v18.20 brings improvements to Impostors, the game mode inspired by Among Us from Innersloth!”
Is this a big deal for Innersloth? Not really because, despite Among Us’s popularity, they almost certainly don’t have the budget or legal muscle to match Epic in court, even if they showed any inclination to take legal action. Epic have already faced legal action from several performers who accused them of stealing their dance moves.
According to GameDeveloper.com, the response from Innersloth’s community director, Victoria Tran, was “lol, nice.” Flippant? Yes. Entirely appropriate given the circumstances? Also yes, particularly when you hear about what happened next.
Big fans! We never got to talk about how you inspired us. What do you think about working on something fun together sometime?
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) October 12, 2021
No, you’re not imagining things, this is Epic reaching out to Innersloth, asking if they want to collaborate after having profited from their ideas. True, a team-up could put money in Innersloth’s pocket, but it’s like being caught copying someone’s homework for a full two months and then asking if you can do the next in-class project together.
We’ll keep you posted if such a collaboration should arise, but it’s not going to erase Epic’s blatant lack of respect for Innersloth’s work.