As reported by MCV, New York game studio Gate Five was developing a dancing game featuring music superstar Beyonce Knowles, but after erratic negotiations, Beyonce decided to pull away from the project, in effect causing 70 layoffs. Now the game developer is suing Beyonce 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.”
The game was reportedly being developed for use with motion control peripherals, and was projected to generate $100M in revenue. According to the court documents, the developer stated that the singer “made an extortionate demand for entirely new compensation terms she wanted”, which in turn “backfired and drove away the financier (who found [Knowles] too erratic to do business with), she pulled out of the project in breach of the agreement.”
Despite the stigma that Gate Five might have received for jumping on the motion control dance trend, their earnings projections are not unrealistic. Games such as Dance Central, Just Dance, and the recent release of Michael Jackson: The Experience have proven that the dance genre is popular, and the Beyonce game most likely would’ve followed that trend.
Original Source: MCV