Beyonce Knowles and video game developer Gate Five Studios have been dueling it out over the superstar’s failure to go through with a project to create an eponymous video game. Gate Five contends it suffered major damage, a sum it sets at $100 million, and the dispute has turned to litigation, filed in August, 2011. Courts have heard and denied defendant Knowles’ motion for summary judgment of this case. She has contested the ruling but an appellate court has affirmed the order denying the pop superstar’s motion. Joystiq.com reports that Beyonce backed out of the deal to make the Superstar game, with Knowles defending herself with the claim that the project lacked proper financing. By pulling out of the $20-million video game deal, she might end up with that $100-million tab if the case proceeds to trial and she loses. And after her litigation losses to date, the cost to settle has increased. Video game studios like Gate Five hire a lot of employees to develop single projects. The website betabeat.com said Gate Five has demanded that Beyonce be held accountable for “a bad faith breach of contract so callous that, on what appeared to be a whim, she destroyed Gate Five’s business and drove 70 people into unemployment, the week before Christmas.” Knowles was still negotiating until she had her lawyers pull out on Dec. 3, 2010, even as project financing reportedly was due to arrive six days after.
Game on: Beyonce can’t quash $100M claim
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