Beyonce Video Game Lawsuit Still Alive After Judge Refuses To Dismiss Case

Beyonce Video Game Lawsuit Must Continue, Rules New York Judge

A Beyonce video game lawsuit was given permission to move forward by a New York Superior Court judge on Thursday.

The Beyonce video game lawsuit first emerged in April 2011, and alleges that the star unlawfully abandoned her contract on a motion-sensing dance game called Starpower: Beyonce. Game developer Gate Five says it was working on the game when Beyonce allegedly demanded ‘new compensation terms’ before abandoning the game altogether.

Beyonce has attempted to have the lawsuit dismissed on two occasions, but the New York appeals court said on Thursday that there were “triable issues” as to whether the singer had breached the licensing deal between her and Gate Five.

The Beyonce video game lawsuit could easily cost the musician an eye-watering sum of money. Court documents show Gate Five is demanding “the hundreds of millions of dollars in profits that Gate Five could have realized if [Beyonce] had honored the Agreement.”

Beyonce has already attempted to have the lawsuit thrown out once before. Last April, a judge denied the musician’s motion for summary judgment after her legal team argued that Beyonce had a right to cancel the video game contract because Gate Five had failed to obtain a necessary $5 million financing commitment.

Thursday’s decision means the 32-year-old singer won’t be shaking the lawsuit anytime soon, with the New York appellate court supporting the lower court’s order.

Gate Five claimed to have developed a technology superior to that of other motion-sensing video games on the market. The studio says it had approached representatives for other top-selling artists, and that the likes of Lady Gaga and the Black Eyed Peas had expressed interest (the latter ended up fronting a rival game, The Black Eyed Peas Experience for the Wii).

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