Fortnite Emote Royale 2022 winner creates massive backlash among fans

The Check the Map emote won the Emote Royale (Image via ShiinaBR on Twitter)
The Check the Map emote won the Emote Royale (Image via ShiinaBR on Twitter)

TikToker RandallOmryan's "Check the Map" emote has been declared the winner of Fortnite's most recent Emote Royale contest, held in 2022. As with previous winners, such as Orange Justice, it will soon be added to the game.

However, the emote has proven unpopular even before making it to the game. Many were unimpressed with the emote and Epic Games' decision to choose it over what they felt were worthy challengers.

Check out the community response below:


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Fortnite community less than thrilled with Emote Royale winner

Here's what the emote is: a player pulling out a map and struggling to find where to go. They flip the map upside down a few times to try and get it right.

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Many players were left shocked by Epic's decision. They felt there were other dances that should have been considered.

Emote Royale for 2022 (Image via Epic Games)
Emote Royale for 2022 (Image via Epic Games)

One Redditor suggested that the alternatives must have been pretty bad if this is the winning emote.

Another said Epic Games was "too lazy" to make anything better and didn't want to give away an actual emote for free. The user suggested the publisher went with the map emote that no one really liked.

One player refused to even consider this emote the real winner.

Another believes fans should have a direct say in what the emote ends up being.

u/LeNoobed said he was tired of gesture emotes in general. It's safe to assume they were hoping for something a little different this time around.

Another player echoed that sentiment.

A few players believe the map emote is lazy, especially compared to those that learned difficult dances.

Several gamers were left unimpressed. They felt that the emote was lazy and designed to impress animators with how simple it would be to pull off.

Many commenters were left unimpressed with the emote (Image via Tabor Hill on YouTube)
Many commenters were left unimpressed with the emote (Image via Tabor Hill on YouTube)

Others were shocked by this being the Fortnite emote that actually won.

Comments were not thrilled with the winner (Image via RandallOmryan on TikTok)
Comments were not thrilled with the winner (Image via RandallOmryan on TikTok)

Some users pointed out that Epic Games probably didn't want to pay for licensed music to go with any of the Fortnite dance emotes and how with this emote, they can use their own music or no music at all.

Epic Games may not have wanted to pay anyone for music for the emote (Image via RandallOmryan on TikTok)
Epic Games may not have wanted to pay anyone for music for the emote (Image via RandallOmryan on TikTok)

Overall, the community is rather unimpressed with the emote. They believe it's too simple and not fun enough. They also feel it is down to low effort put in by Epic Games.

Regardless, this emote won and will eventually be in the game. It will be a free emote in some way, so Fortnite players won't have to pay for it.

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Edited by Sandeep Banerjee