$100M Beyonce game lawsuit settled

Lawsuit over failed deal for dance game Starpower: Beyonce settled "amicably."

Singer-actress Beyonce Knowles has settled a $107 million lawsuit over supposedly backing out of a deal for a motion-based dance game called Starpower: Beyonce.

The New York Post reports (via Gamasutra) that papers were filed in Manhattan Supreme Court recently from lawyers for the singer and for gaming company Gate Five dismissing "all claims and counterclaims" related to the suit.

Gate Five's lawyer Peter Gallagher said, "We've settled amicably. I can't discuss the terms of the settlement, but it was resolved.

The lawsuit dates back to June 2010, when Gate Five alleged that Knowles entered into a "services and exclusive license agreement" to make the new game. Gate Five filed suit in April 2011, claiming Knowles made an "extortionate demand" for a new compensation package.

This maneuver reportedly backfired, driving away the financier and leading to Knowles pulling out of the project and thusly breaching the agreement. As a result, Gate Five said that Knowles "destroyed Gate Five's business and drove 70 people into unemployment, the week before Christmas."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

135 comments
greenpolyp
greenpolyp

I hate Beyonce and Joe Camel looking Jay Z so much. I hope they, Chris Brown, and the Kardashians fly on a plane over the Alps..............you know the rest.

Incubus420
Incubus420

Money Grubbing Celebs not doing anything without getting tons of money for it. Greedy SOB's. 

Kerrizma
Kerrizma

Beyoncé is only successful nowadays because of Jay Z

toyo75
toyo75

Video games and pop divas do not mix.

The videogame industry should take this as a lesson and stay away from these self-entitled celebrities. The videogame industry can survive without their services. 

Decades from now CGI will be replacing these celebs in movies and TV series. It's already starting to happen with movies like Avatar and Tron: Legacy.

ewjiml
ewjiml

Damnit.   I was so excited for this game too....

tightwad34
tightwad34

I say thank the lord this never was released, and I'm not religious one bit.

olegavi323
olegavi323

They need to make a game about her and call it - "The copycat".

hyumbaba
hyumbaba

I'm a huge fan of Beyonce

Shanks_D_Chop
Shanks_D_Chop

Oh, by the way, it's males who play video games who are the biggest problem regarding sexism these days in our society.

NOT, repeat, NOT celebs such as Beyonce who sing songs about "Independent Women" and then make a majority of their money wearing as little as they can get away with while rolling around on a car or some bullshit...

fobbs69
fobbs69

Kinda happy the game never got made since I cant stand the skank, but hopefully the employees who were laid off got compensated

Tychobrahi
Tychobrahi

This is what happens when you try to play the "Popstar" card to boost the sales of yet another useless Kinect game. 

zintarr
zintarr

The woman seems trash.

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

If she backed out of a deal I'm not sure why she should be entitled to anything. It's a good thing though.. she is hugely over rated. in music and looks. Not sure why guys love her so much. Every pic is photo shopped majorly.

mattcake
mattcake

I'm gonna set up a Kickstarter to raise funds to give to her so she never ever again considers making a game.

masterninja9
masterninja9

I wouldn't mind having sweet buttsecks with Beyonce

vadagar1
vadagar1

wow dafq they do with all that money : /

blackace
blackace

Company asked for Ms. Knowles services. She agreed, but they countered with a different offer. The financers didn't like the new offer and pulled out. So she pulled out to. If she's not going to get paid what she wants, why would you stick around. It was up to Gate Five to get the financing to pay her.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

it also sounds like the company led her into a trap.  very nice

fredyellowone
fredyellowone

107 millions lawsuit?

...

I'm happy I don't own any of your CDs, Dumb *****.

Anigmar
Anigmar

"Singer-actress" hahaha, actress, seriously? Maybe she wanted the game to be next-gen cause technology wasn't at the required level for her.


Now seriously, she signed a contract, she broke it and now pays for it. Developers 1 - Beyonce 0. Now go shake your ego somewhere else, mrs only with photoshop.

amaneuvering
amaneuvering

Singers, actors, other famous and rich people...

They're all f'n greedy b*stards.

demondogx
demondogx

Well, beyonce and dance games are a good fit
They both suck

soulless4now
soulless4now

They just had to use an armpit shot of her. lol

Either way, ha ha to her.

heat_masheet
heat_masheet

@greenpolyp Yea. Their plane crashes, Kim dies of her injuries and the rest of the survivors feed for months on her huge ass! 

Darknight765
Darknight765

@Shanks_D_Chop she is a hypocrite, the song before that one was "bills bills bills" you can't go from "Can you pay my bills" to "independent woman".

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Nova_Prime_85 I was thinking the same thing. I say if you are super rich you shouldn't be allowed to sue anyone. Nah, that would mess with the whole equal rights thing and such, but you get my point.

Ghostly_Knight
Ghostly_Knight

@blackace If you read the article properly you would see that Beyonce is the one that wanted more money.

 "Knowles made an "extortionate demand" for a new compensation package"

The people backing the project didn't want to pay her the extra money so they didn't. So she didn't do the job. She signed a contract at a certain amount and then turned around and demanded more.

blackace
blackace

@fredyellowone I don't think Beyoncé cares. She sells millions of CD's and has a millionaire husband. Not a big deal. It was handled by lawyers I'm sure.

maitkarro
maitkarro

@demondogx But imagine how much less would it suck, if that gal wouldn't have tried to suck it dry and giving an infection to it after the try.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Ghostly_Knight The article still wasn't clear on who was doing the suing. It just said they settled on it. The way I read it, it looks like Beyonce was the one getting sued, which I would have to agree with.

BlazingSpeed
BlazingSpeed

@Ghostly_Knight @blackace Sounds like Ms Knowles all right...