Beyonce sued by game dev for $107 million

Small shop Gate Five claims it was working on a music game based on pop diva until she suddenly left the project, causing layoffs and financial woes.

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Singer-actress Beyonce Knowles-Carter has appeared in various forms of media, from recorded music and television specials to feature films. Now, according to a court summons obtained by New York magazine, the pop diva was also planning to appear in a video game modeled on her prolific career.

Beyonce may soon have to sing her tune in court.

According to the summons, which was filed with the New York Supreme Court, independent game developer Gate Five is suing Knowles-Carter--referred to as Ms. Carter in the complaint--for $6.7 million in investments in a game called Starpower: Beyonce. The summons accuses her of entering into a "services and exclusive license agreement" on June 15, 2010, to make the game.

Then, according to the summons, "Though she had already negotiated lavish compensation terms to which she was contractually bound, Ms. Carter, at a crucial moment in the project's development, made an extortionate demand for entirely new compensation terms she suddenly wanted. When her maneuver backfired and drove away the financier (who found Ms. Carter too erratic to do business with), she pulled out the project in breach of the Agreement."

As a result, Gate Five contends that Knowles-Carter "destroyed Gate Five's business and drove 70 people into unemployment, the week before Christmas." The developer also contends "her actions were so unscrupulous that her then-manager (who is also her father) renounced them, while a senior executive of the company that had agreed to finance the project condemned her conduct as 'morally reprehensible' in an e-mail he sent to one of her talent agents."

In addition to the $6.7 million in development costs, Gate Five is also asking for $100 million in profits it contends it would have earned had the game come to market. The largely unknown dev is also asking for an injunction preventing Knowles-Carter from "commercially associating with any other video game" or exposing any confidential information she acquired during the Starpower: Beyonce development process.

Discussion

261 comments
SLRMC93
SLRMC93

Sue her like a quilt, and while you're at it sue Activision for causing layoffs at United Front.

greasejunky
greasejunky

The game was supposed to be a kinect release aimed at tween girls in the vein of dance central. These people were committed to a create game for an often left out demographic. They were not approaching it as shovelware..they were trying to make a quality game. As some people pointed out, yes business live or die by their decisions. But business also have to focus. Contracts were signed and Beyonce was involved for 8 months before pulling out would /i have played this? no.. but I have a daughter and /i would like to think developers will eventual offer games that interest her. I know it is very easy to act like these people got what they deserved but when you see people you know with children worrying about being evicted or even where their next meal is coming from it seems very unfair.

AceCometh
AceCometh

It doesn't matter how good you sing or how hot you are, lady. If you sign a contract, own up to it.

basbasa
basbasa

Remember there are actually millions of Beyonce fans out there who would give their life to get a sniff of her smelly g string. 100 Million is quite realistic.

sochio
sochio

rica esta mujerrrrr

mjack70
mjack70

Good luck, sure she's got an army of laywers.

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

not surprised. Beyonce acts like her sh*t don't stink. Well guess what Beyonce, you're sh*t does stink...it stinks like sh*t! MacGruuuber

Darth_Starwind
Darth_Starwind

Video game contracts are getting to be as rigid and hefty as the NFL's...

ebonized
ebonized

Pathetic. She got bored and decided to ruin the careers of over 70 people, not to mention the company itself. I hope they win.

Irsaan
Irsaan

I hope Gate Five wins, but the judge awards them closer to a total of $14 million, rather than $106 million.

stu_gamer
stu_gamer

Gate 5 is asking for $6.7 million in development costs......ok fair enough but me thinks they are a bit ambitious when they think a beyonce game would make $100 million....quite funny really

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

its just another poor music game, she did the smart thing in leaving

ZombiePhoenix72
ZombiePhoenix72

Honestly, would the game actually sell that well? Either way the Devs deserve it for what she did...even if the game was gonna be bad anyway:P

organbank
organbank

WHAT. This story surely must be the beginning of the end of the world! No Beyonce game. Like that is really what we need right now a Beyonce game FFS...

HT89488
HT89488

LEAVE BEYONCE ALONE :cry: lol, not really.

namdar
namdar

@riariases none the less Beyonce is a greedy hoe bag

riariases
riariases

Tor Thorsen who wrote this article is obviously biased towards Beyonce. Look up 'gross beyonce' on google images and you'll find that picture. What a sneak reporter.

XenoNinja
XenoNinja

$100 million??? lol @ Gate 5. nice try you grubby gold-diggers.

degenxerate
degenxerate

Sounds like shes been hanging out with Kanye too much

someGAMEcream
someGAMEcream

haha this is a funny story. They should def sue if they had exclusive rights and she just up and left. The $100 million in profits though? come on.. a Beyonce video game would hardly even make a profit.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

As much as I wish several large men/women would grab her out of her house and tar and feather her after urinating in her face in a televised, public event.... Nah actually that's it. I don't care about the lawsuit, which will get settled quietly anyways, I just want that to happen.

mardinn
mardinn

@Yajarobi The law sucks mate but life's life.

bandtnt
bandtnt

who in the world who would sue her?!!!they are really RUDE.

NeilCardiff
NeilCardiff

What they're really saying is. Our crappy game isn't good enough to sell without a celebrity endorsement.

drokmore
drokmore

No way theyre getting an extra 100 million there, thats a bit of an overestimate. Kinda stupid she pulled out. You get paid to promote your career in a different genre. Now you look like an idiot.

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

That fellow in the picture looks like Beyonce.

shanethewolf
shanethewolf

I hope the poor laid off staff get a cut of the compensation.

trodeback
trodeback

@Yajarobi Alot of that 100 million is prob for breach of contract. Because she left the project early she has to pay penalties.

Evilnator
Evilnator

I just hate her. Sure go on, sue.

WiteLite
WiteLite

srry, buy that picture looks like a transvestite.

myungish
myungish

I shouldn't really make snap judgements after only hearing one side of the issue but it sounds like she backed out of a contract without any justifiable reasons. It's sad to think she'll probably get off without any repercussions since she's rich enough to buy a horde of elite lawyers.

Yajarobi
Yajarobi

they are asking for wAy to much. the game would have made 100 million!? it would have made a fraction of that and been a random DS game you see on the shelf at gamestop and think - "omg srsly"?

Victorious_Fize
Victorious_Fize

Damn, celebrities can be really irresponsible. Sweetie, if you signed a contract, you can't, like, walk away.

Evenios
Evenios

i wonder if shes ever hooked up with another girl? sweet.

hahamanin
hahamanin

hott pic....sorry couldnt resist

sasren
sasren

Beyonce has 20 million fans give or take.. i can see them selling 1 million copies totaling 60 million plus in sells....

gwailo2470
gwailo2470

This is probably one of the few things lawyers are good for, to iron out this sort of crap.

DeathRaiderut2k
DeathRaiderut2k

doesnt sound like a game i would have played, but still people should hold there end of an agreement, we dont got both sides of the story im sure beyonce has alot to add to this situation, so before i go off and bash beyonce ill just have to wait and see what she has to say for her actions |:)

Ratatoskr321
Ratatoskr321

I'm not even sure what to say to this... First of all, making a video game on Beyonce, mistake number 1. Assuming you were going to make $100 million dollars off of said game, mistake number 2. deciding that pushing a diva singer into a video game development contract, something that's hugely time demanding, mistake number 3.

TheHH
TheHH

What would the game be about Beyonce killing aliens while singing hehehehehehehe

snakes2solid
snakes2solid

she's a dumbass!! simple as that..her big head got bigger with fame...fluckin retartdddd!!

rogue81
rogue81

I've worked on a project she was a part of. Her entourage and manager were very overbearing and condescending with the crew. I would bet that these people made the "extortionate demand[s]" without her knowledge. Beyonce herself was actually very approachable and friendly with the crew. She even hugged and thanked everyone when the project was over.

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

@OldKye Honestly the company needed to go down in flames for even proposing to make a "Beyonce" game.

Arsenal193
Arsenal193

I would sue her so that I get a contract for her to have sex with me anytime I want