$100 million lawsuit against Beyonce by video game developer gets go-ahead

By Daniel S Levine,
Photo by: Jackson Lee/starmaxinc.com 2011 11/20/11 Beyonce Knowles at a screening of "Live at Roseland: The Elements of 4". (NYC)

Beyonce Knowles might have to pay up after abandoning video game developer Gate Five LLC’s plan to collaborate with the “Crazy in Love” singer to create a video game. Gate Five had filed a lawsuit claiming that it lost $100 million in potential profits back in April, but a New York judge has finally given the case the go-ahead and it will move forward.

Beyonce has hoped to get the case tossed out, but Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Charles Ramos ejected her attempt Tuesday, reports The New York Daily News. Ramos did not explain his decision.

Back in April, The Associated Press first reported that Gate Five and Beyonce planned on collaborating on a game called Starpower: Beyonce, but the Grammy winner then abruptly backed out of the deal. Gate Five claimed that it cost them a $7 million investment, which it lost almost all of. The company also claims that it was forced to let 70 employees go and that the game would have made $100 million in profits.

Gate Five says that the deal was made in June, 2010, but by December, Beyonce had suddenly dropped out. The company accuses her of “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 [2010],” according to the Daily News.

Beyonce and her husband, Jay-Z, are worth an estimated $750 million, according to The Huffington Post, so the $100 million might not end up being that big a deal for the super star.



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