Beyoncé sued for over $100m by video game developers

An American video game developer is suing Beyoncé for more than $100m (£61m), claiming that the star ‘destroyed [it’s] business...on a whim’.

According to the guardian, the star entered into a ‘lucrative joint venture’ with software developers Gate Five LLC in June 2010, who subsequently invested $7m into a motion-sensing dance video game. The game known as ‘Starpower’ would allow players to dance along with Beyoncé hits such as ‘Crazy in Love’ and ‘Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)’. However the project came to a standstill when the singer allegedly changed her mind in mid-December.

Gate Five’s lawyers have accused the singer of ‘unscrupulously’ scuppering plans for the game by making ‘an extortionate demand for entirely new compensation terms’, driving away its financier and causing the project to collapse.

Court papers state that Beyoncé’s breach of contract was so ‘callous’ that ‘she destroyed Gate Five's business and drove 70 people into unemployment’. Speaking to New York magazine, founder Grey Easley said: ‘The week of Christmas, she said that’s it. I don’t want to hear from you guys, go away’.

Rumour has it that even Beyoncé’s father – who was her manager at the time – ‘renounced’ her allegedly Scrooge-like behaviour.

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