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May 15, 2012

Beyonce Faces $100 Million Lawsuit over Failed Video Game Contract

By Julie Griffin, Contributing Writer

A Manhattan judge ruled that litigation filed against pop star, Beyonce Knowles will go to trial. The plaintiff in the lawsuit is gaming company, Gate Five, who had ambitions of creating a game called, “Starpower: Beyonce.” Gate Five alleged that in 2010, the singer abruptly backed out of a contract for $20 million, and as a result the company lost 70 workers and damages they believe entitle them to $100 million.

Attorneys for Jay Z’s wife claimed that she shouldn’t have been obligated to commit to the contract since Gate Five never developed the necessary financial resources. Justice Charles Ramos, the judge who made the trial decision, sided with Gate Five’s legal team, claiming that Beyonce should have given the game developers more notice than the three days prior to the signing, in December 2010.

Starpower: Beyonce was intended to be a motion-sensing dance game, similar to Just Dance by Ubisoft for Wii. As it now, fans may never get the full affect of dancing along to “Single Ladies,” and other chart-topping hits, choreographed with Beyonce’s signature moves.

As the gaming market expands, so have the number of celebrities willing to engage fans through virtual interaction. Beyonce’s husband recently launched a Facebook (News - Alert) App called Empire, where players can emulate Jay-Z’s evolution from, “Hustler, to Entrepreneur, to Business Mogul.” Even Snooki has a game called “Match Game.” Unlike games from a decade or two prior, like “Chuck Norris’ Superkicks” or “Britney’s Dance Beat,” there are now better graphics and gaming consoles. And because games can be played on mobile apps, the gaming audience is no longer limited to geeks, troubled trench coat types or children under the age of 12.




Edited by Brooke Neuman
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