New York Magazine’s Vulture.com reports that video game production company Gate Five has filed lawsuit against Beyonce for breach of contract, to the tune of $100 million.
The developers claim they entered into a deal to create a “motion-sensing dance video game” with the pop superstar entitled Staypower: Beyonce.
Gate Five’s summons accuses Beyonce of “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.” Now that's cold.
The company refers to Beyonce as Ms. Carter throughout the document, a legal reference to the singer’s marriage to Hip Hop titan Jay-Z, whose birth name is Sean Carter. Given that Jay-Z was rhyming just months ago about how "$30 million can't hurt me," this news shouldn't be too much of a sting, right?
Come on. Who's day isn't ruined by a $100 million hit?
The suit also describes Beyonce as “too erratic to do business with.” The lawsuit said she "made an extortionate demand for entirely new compensation terms she wanted. When her maneuver backfired and drove away the financier (who found Ms. Carter too erratic to do business with), she pulled out of the project in breach of the agreement."
"In early December everything was still a go. And then the week of Christmas, she said that's it, I don't want to hear from you guys, go away, resulting in 70 people losing their jobs," said Gate Five founder Greg Easley in an interview. "We'd much rather make a game than litigate. But we want to recover damages that Gate Five suffered."
The summons also claims that Beyoncé's actions were "so unscrupulous that her then manager (who is also her father) renounced them." In possibly related news, the singer severed all business ties with her father, Mathew Knowles, last month.
Check out the full summons, obtained by NYMag.