Beyonce Knowles may know how to shake that ham, but a certain company says she ruined Christmas and has to pay the price. According to court documents (a summons) filed this week in Manhattan Supreme Court by game developer Gate Five, a partnership with the singer went sour after she asked for more money last December. Gate Five was working with Beyonce on a music-themed dance game called Starpower: Beyonce.
Things went sour when Beyonce demanded more money. This, the developer claims, caused it to lay off over 70 employees before Christmas and abandon development on the game. It also spooked investors, they claim.
The "soon-to-be-filed" lawsuit calls Beyonce’s demands "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."
Gate Five’s complaint adds that Beyonce’s actions were "so unscrupulous that her then manager [who is also her father] renounced them." New York Magazine adds more flavor to the story, with comments from Gate Five founder Greg Easley:
"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."
Gate Five is seeking $100 million in damages. The summon can be read here (PDF).