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Beyonce sued by videogames company

By | Published on Thursday 28 April 2011


Beyonce is being sued by videogames developer Gate Five for allegedly pulling out of a deal to create a dancing game using her music and likeness, entitled ‘Starpower: Beyonce’.

In a summons obtained by New York Magazine, the company claims that Beyonce’s sudden decision to back out of the deal was “a bad faith breach of contract so callous that, on what appeared to be a whim, she destroyed Gate Five’s business and drove 70 people into unemployment, the week before Christmas”.

The legal documents also claim that despite having already negotiated “lavish compensation terms … at a crucial stage in the project’s development, [she] made an extortionate demand for entirely new compensation terms”. The company says that at this stage the game’s financier pulled out because the singer was “too erratic to do business with”, while reportedly adding that even Beyonce’s father and then manager “renounced” her actions.

The company is seeking $106.7 million in compensation to cover money invested in the project and lost potential profits. View the full summons here.