Is Fortnite Trivializing MLK Jr’s ‘I Have a Dream’ Speech?

Screenshot of the Lincoln Memorial in Fortnite.
Fortnite players visit a digital recreation of Washington, DC, of 1963.

Fortnite players will be able to experience and learn about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech through Fortnite Creative and a partnership with Time Studios. 

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The experience, called March Through Time, will let players visit a “reimagined” Washington, DC, of 1963. It will include collaborative quests and mini games, pop-up galleries, educational resources, “museum-inspired points of interest and historical imagery” intended to give context to the speech, Fortnite said Thursday.

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“We were honored to help Time Studios bring such an impactful moment in the ongoing struggle for civil rights to life inside Fortnite Creative,” Nate Nanzer, vice president of global partnerships at Fortnite-creator Epic Games, said in a statement. 

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Time said the March Through Time was created with the support of Intellectual Properties Management, the licensor of the estate of Martin Luther King Jr. The experience appears to have come as a surprise to many and was trending on Twitter, with mixed opinions on whether on the game is the right forum to celebrate the civil rights leader.  

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Fortnite is available on most platforms including PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series consoles, Mac and Android. The popular battle royale game isn’t available on iOS due to a legal dispute between Apple and Epic.

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