Beyoncé Faces $100 Million Lawsuit for Killing Dance Game

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Beyoncé Faces $100 Million Lawsuit for Killing Dance Game

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A game developer is suing singer Beyoncé Knowles for putting a ring on a dance game and then abandoning it.

One of the most successful genres in the videogame industry's new motion-based initiative is the dance game. Titles such as the Wii's Just Dance and Michael Jackson: The Experience have sold like gangbusters, prompting other stars such as Destiny's Child group member and solo artist Beyoncé Knowles to try to throw their hats into the ring. Knowles was going through the motions to create her own dance game, but may not have followed through, and is now being sued for more than $100 million for the damage she allegedly caused.

A game developer called Gate Five filed a lawsuit in New York this week against Knowles for irreparably damaging the company's business and causing a loss of millions of dollars. Gate Five says that Knowles signed an agreement to star in a title called Starpower: Beyoncé, which would have had players dancing along to the singer's music through motion-based devices such as the Wii or Kinect, but then dropped out.

The lawsuit claims Knowles "made an extortionate demand for entirely new compensation terms" in the middle of development, which caused an investor to back out. During the week of Christmas 2010, Gate Five founder Greg Easley says Knowles told him: "That's it, I don't want to hear from you guys, go away."

This reportedly resulted in the developer's 70 employees losing their jobs as they no longer had a project to work on. "We'd much rather make a game than litigate," Easley added. "But we want to recover damages that Gate Five suffered."

The figure of $100 million is said to be the projected amount of profits that Gate Five estimated to earn from Starpower: Beyoncé, while it may have lost around $7 million from the investor that backed out. It sounds like an exorbitant amount of money, but it's not that far-fetched when considering the popularity of motion gaming and dancing to songs such as "Jumpin' Jumpin."

Source: New York Magazine

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Recoup actual losses, fuck this "potential" $100 million shit.

I think its fair. The sum is a little large but its obviously supposed to start large and settle smaller in order to get money to those people (Or new jobs) who lost their jobs because of her/managers decision. 100 Million is waayy too much though. I would start at 20, then perhaps go down to 10 through the trial. . Its about what they can say they lost in sales time and investment.

mireko:

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WE LOSE

I'm confused. What do you mean by "we"?

Nikolaz72:
I think its fair. The sum is a little large but its obviously supposed to start large and settle smaller in order to get money to those people (Or new jobs) who lost their jobs because of her/managers decision. 100 Million is waayy too much though. I would start at 20, then perhaps go down to 10 through the trial. . Its about what they can say they lost in sales time and investment.

I agree. 100 million is a bit much but I agree none-the-less.

Onyx Oblivion:
Recoup actual losses, fuck this "potential" $100 million shit.

Nevermind...he said it best

Onyx Oblivion:
Recoup actual losses, fuck this "potential" $100 million shit.

I mostly agree with this, although I think there should be extra thrown in for the breaking of a contract. Otherwise what's the point of the contract?

too much but she did pull out of this

Onyx Oblivion:
Recoup actual losses, fuck this "potential" $100 million shit.

They couldn't make the game any better or improve upon ideas so they then decide to blame Beyonce...how quaint.

Well that was a huge dick move of her. I hope they win.

Recoup actual losses, then take slightly more to teach her she can't do that to a company and get away with it.

100 million? No way.

Thats why you do not drop legal contracts kids.

BTW isnt 100 mil just pocket change to her?

Shadow-Phoenix:

Onyx Oblivion:
Recoup actual losses, fuck this "potential" $100 million shit.

They couldn't make the game any better or improve upon ideas so they then decide to blame Beyonce...how quaint.

Did you even read the article?

Way I see it, she signed a contract. I don't know the numbers, but they damn well have a right to sue her ass for diving out of the contract like that.

I never liked her before. This just made it worse.

I'm posting here simply to announce how little I care about this game, this developer, and this so-called "artist". She's hot, but an artist she is not.

100mil is a pretty laughable figure though. Even if your game sold ridiculously well, you'd make what, 20-30 million? That's being generous.

100 million is too much. That said, they should be given more than what they'd sunk into the project at the time it was cancelled; after all, those folks were out of a job all of a sudden, and they should at least be given adequate compensation.

Then again, why not 100 million? I can't stand Knowles and her ilk. Make her pay through the nose!

RaikuFA:
BTW isnt 100 mil just pocket change to her?

no its not. some artists make a lot of money from other things but 100 million dollars is 100 million dollars.

*puts little finger up to mouth*
A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLAAAAARS...

I hope they win - 70 people losing their jobs because of her? That's some BS right there.

I guess she just didn't wanna put a ring on it.

100 million in what is assume is US dollars is never chump change to anyone sure when you do have alot it loses some value but it never gets to the meaning of 5 cents to the average joe its closer to $100

but i think it is fair those games for the brain dead and little girls can bring in a massive amount of money

A 100 million dollar fine is not sufficient for the crimes she has committed against music.

Also, the dumb bitch needs to realise that she's fucked up the lives of 70 people by telling them to "go away".

Fuck Beyonce. 70 people lost their jobs right around Christmas because she got cold feet. I hope she loses - make an example out of her. Her celebrity is no excuse to hang several dozen people out to dry.

Shouldn't be surprising for someone who performed for Qadafi while his country was building up in rebellion against him.
She'll figure out a way to squirrel out of the money owed.

Coliumbos:
*puts little finger up to mouth*
A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLAAAAARS...

Congratulations, you made me laugh while eating French fries.

On-topic, this has to be one of the few times I'm supporting the party filing a lawsuit in a battle between a company and a celebrity. Yeah, $100 million is too much, but people don't start out suing for what they actually want to receive. They start out high, in order to "compromise" for exactly what they wanted, if not a bit extra. Start out at the level you want, and you'll get bartered down to less than what you want.

I agree $100M is a pretty generous estimation of how much their game would have made, however if she pulled out of a contract hopefully these guys will get loses back plus more as a punishment for her withdraw. I think their request might harm their case though.

"Beyonce and Sony, sitting in a tree; L - A - W - S - U - I - T."

Onyx Oblivion:
Recoup actual losses, fuck this "potential" $100 million shit.

Well, I don't know who is right and who is wrong here, nor do I know what the actual contract(s) involved here look like.

If Beyonce is wrong here, and there is no way to tell since we haven't heard her side of the story, then I don't think the 100 million dollars is out of line. The reason is due to punitive damages. If you simply go after a big business or extremely rich person for "actual damages" then it becomes increasingly easy for them to just do whatever they want, paying off the people they screw simply becoming part of their assumed operating costs. If a big company or major celebrity can just wrong people and settle it by slinging some money from their petty cash drawer, I think that's an issue.

Of course if I was the guys involved in this, I'd be blunt about my demands for money being punitive and intended to hurt the person I think screwed me, rather than trying to justify it with projected earnings and other crap. What's more the amount of money I demand would be relative to whom I'm actually after.

As I've said before, if I really believed I was wronged by a major company or someone who was crazy rich, as a rule of thumb I'd go after an amount equal to the profits from their most profitable quarter of the last reported year. Profits being calculated AFTER expenses such as paying employees and other things. This amount of money simply being taking their gains rather than their operating expenses. Even if my losses were trivial comparitively speaking, the idea is to do damage signifigant to the group I have a problem with. It isn't a punishment if they can just laugh it off. What's more if they keep screwing people and taking hits on that level they will become totally unprofitable and probably go out of business, and frankly I'm cool with that if they are screwing people.

Beyonce is a big honking deal, she's been around a long time, and is not just a performed, but also a brand. For her I'd imagine 7 million is chump change for her overall organization. Whatever her motive, such as more money from another potential contract, or simply figuring the game wasn't profitable enough to invest the time, she probably figured she could just violate her contract, and deal with the problem by tossing what is a trivial amount of cash at it and do whatever the heck she wants. You can't accomplish anything and keep people like this in line, honoring their agreement, and so on, unless you hit them hard enough for it to matter.

I don't know the overall finances involved, but 100 million is probably enough to be punitive, where I'm not sure if 7 million would be, with all the merchandising and such she has a piece of. To me, it seems fairly reasonable for the accusation, assuming of course these guys are in the right (a bit assumption with only one side of the story) and she loses. Of course, as I said, I'd be using a differant logic. If I went after the profits generated by her organization/brand over a 3 month period I suspect the price tag would be more than a hundred million. It would also be a deterrant in making sure she, and those with a financial stake in her, didn't do it again. The hit I scored wouldn't ruin her individually, but a few hits like this would, and I see nothing wrong with that. One of our big problems is actually that I think people are too merciful in cases like this, and the system makes it too easy for the very rich to buy their way out of trouble, with paying off suits simply being part of operating expenses.

mireko:

WHOEVER WINS

WE LOSE

Amen

HankMan:
I guess she just didn't wanna put a ring on it.

When I see a news story I hurry to the comments to see your pun lol. I've made a game where I try to guess it, let it be known this is the first time I've got it right.
Your related pun(s) to the dog fighting game removal were ingenius.

As I read it, all she did was negotiate and then an investor backed out, causing her to see that the game would go no where, so she left. We have yet to hear from anyone but the game developer on this, and of course they would say she made "extortionate demands" which for all we know, would have brought her payout up to that of other stars in similar situations.

Coliumbos:
*puts little finger up to mouth*
A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLAAAAARS...

This is exactly what I was thinking. You sir, deserve this.

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Ot: Pfft, a silly little dance game that no one would probably care about.

And on more pressing matters...

mireko:

WHOEVER WINS

WE LOSE

Basically this.

If she wins the case not only is she (and other celebrities like her) likely to do this again but it also means that other small independent developers as a whole might have second thoughts about bring on celebrities to sell their game (which might be for the best in some cases).

If they win, they might end up releasing another game just like it, maybe with an even more annoying celebrity. I mean, honestly, who would willingly subject themselves to a dance game based around someone like Beyoncé?

Also, yeah, "projected" losses? I highly doubt the game would make that much, given what it is and who it's based on, but on the other hand, a scarily high amount of people have really bad taste, it could've been popular, but I don't think I'd get along with the sort of people who'd buy it.

While I was never going to buy the game, it's good to see that developers are not afraid to take the hard stance with divas.

Prediction:

They settle out of court, game and studio are axed, everything is hushed up and we all forget.

The Plunk:
A 100 million dollar fine is not sufficient for the crimes she has committed against music.

Also, the dumb bitch needs to realise that she's fucked up the lives of 70 people by telling them to "go away".

Agreed. The suffering she's caused in her time as an "artist" has caused enough suffering that she deserves to pay this at the very least.

I don't think she understand what signing a contract means... I've never liked her, but on the bright side we wont have a game with her out soon at least. It's creepy enough with kids playing with Micheal Jackson...

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