Beyonce’s got moves, but she couldn’t shimmy her way out of this one. The 15-time Grammy award-winning singer is being sued for $100 million by video game company Gate Five for breach of contract. She had tried to get the lawsuit dismissed, but a judge has said no.
According to Gate Five, Beyonce broke a licensing contract in 2010 in which she was to develop a dance video game called “Starpower: Beyonce,” reports The Hollywood Reporter. Because she broke her contract, the video game company says they lost not only profits but 70 jobs.
A New York appellate court last week upheld a judge’s decision from December that the case should move forward. Beyonce and her lawyers argued in her appeal that she had a right to void her contract with Gate Five because the company hadn’t obtained sufficient financial commitment for the project, THR says. Not, so says Gate Five, who maintain that they already invested $6.7 million in the game and had arranged for $19.2 million in backing. They say Beyonce tried to renegotiate the deal and then dropped out.
Beyonce (who, BTW, earned $40 million last year according to Forbes) probably wants to avoid getting unwanted press. And Gate Five certainly doesn’t want to pay for a drawn out, expensive lawsuit. Most likely, the case will be settled out of court.
Beyonce hasn’t been having to much luck with the court system of late. Just a few weeks ago, she and Jay Z lost a case against a Boston company after trying unsuccessfully to trademark the name “Blue Ivy.” They now must share the name with the event planning business.