Developer Sues Beyonce Over Licensed Dance Game--Also, Apparently There Was Going to be a Beyonce Dance Game

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When you're finding video game related stories on New York Magazine's entertainment blog, you just know they're going to be a little bit insane. Such is the case today, when we happened to stumble upon news that game development house Gate Five is suing former Destiny's Child member and current solo diva Beyonce Knowles over a licensed dance game deal gone awry.

According to the summons obtained by Vulture, Beyonce and her company, Beyonce Inc.--perfect, just perfect--had a contractual agreement to produce a game called StarPower: Beyonce, a motion sensing game for an undisclosed platform that would have featured a selection of Beyonce hits that all the single ladies up in their living rooms--not to mention the occasional unmarried baby--could dance along to.

 And this is how a million Kinect owners would have ended up with severe groin tears.
 And this is how a million Kinect owners would have ended up with severe groin tears.
The complaint states that just prior to Christmas last year, Knowles abruptly put the kibosh on the whole deal, after a "extortionate demand for entirely new compensation terms she wanted." This sent the financier of the project running screaming away from the whole thing, thus leading to Beyonce pulling out entirely.

According to Gate Five, this effectively killed the studio, with 70 people suddenly finding themselves out of work as a result of Knowles' reneging on her contract. The studio is seeking $100 million in compensation for breach of contract.

== TEASER ==Up to this point, no Beyonce tracks have appeared in other dance titles, including Just Dance and Dance Central, but given the success of those titles, as well as Ubisoft's Michael Jackson: The Experience game, one could safely surmise that Knowles may have simply decided to try and make a deal with a bigger studio for her own game, because in all fairness, we have no idea who Gate Five even is. Google searches for the studio's info only bring up links to other people writing this same story, websites for bars and art galleries, and the occasional reference to an airport.

Not that Gate Five's relative obscurity makes the situation any less shady and unconscionable. Gate Five claims that the nasty way in which this went down shocked even Knowles' manager father--who, incidentally, Beyonce fired last month. On the plus side, Beyonce has now completed another important trial in her goal toward achieving top tier diva status. Namely, the "screw over an entire company's worth of people purely on a ridiculous whim" challenge. Now all she has to do is have a drunken, shouty episode in an airport, marry six more people, and find the jade monkey before the next full moon, and she'll be able to join the mysterious cabal of psychotic female singers currently headed up by the likes of Dianna Ross and Liza Minnelli. We should all be so lucky.
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#1  Edited By alex

When you're finding video game related stories on New York Magazine's entertainment blog, you just know they're going to be a little bit insane. Such is the case today, when we happened to stumble upon news that game development house Gate Five is suing former Destiny's Child member and current solo diva Beyonce Knowles over a licensed dance game deal gone awry.

According to the summons obtained by Vulture, Beyonce and her company, Beyonce Inc.--perfect, just perfect--had a contractual agreement to produce a game called StarPower: Beyonce, a motion sensing game for an undisclosed platform that would have featured a selection of Beyonce hits that all the single ladies up in their living rooms--not to mention the occasional unmarried baby--could dance along to.

 And this is how a million Kinect owners would have ended up with severe groin tears.
 And this is how a million Kinect owners would have ended up with severe groin tears.
The complaint states that just prior to Christmas last year, Knowles abruptly put the kibosh on the whole deal, after a "extortionate demand for entirely new compensation terms she wanted." This sent the financier of the project running screaming away from the whole thing, thus leading to Beyonce pulling out entirely.

According to Gate Five, this effectively killed the studio, with 70 people suddenly finding themselves out of work as a result of Knowles' reneging on her contract. The studio is seeking $100 million in compensation for breach of contract.

== TEASER ==Up to this point, no Beyonce tracks have appeared in other dance titles, including Just Dance and Dance Central, but given the success of those titles, as well as Ubisoft's Michael Jackson: The Experience game, one could safely surmise that Knowles may have simply decided to try and make a deal with a bigger studio for her own game, because in all fairness, we have no idea who Gate Five even is. Google searches for the studio's info only bring up links to other people writing this same story, websites for bars and art galleries, and the occasional reference to an airport.

Not that Gate Five's relative obscurity makes the situation any less shady and unconscionable. Gate Five claims that the nasty way in which this went down shocked even Knowles' manager father--who, incidentally, Beyonce fired last month. On the plus side, Beyonce has now completed another important trial in her goal toward achieving top tier diva status. Namely, the "screw over an entire company's worth of people purely on a ridiculous whim" challenge. Now all she has to do is have a drunken, shouty episode in an airport, marry six more people, and find the jade monkey before the next full moon, and she'll be able to join the mysterious cabal of psychotic female singers currently headed up by the likes of Dianna Ross and Liza Minnelli. We should all be so lucky.
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#2  Edited By daydream

Wow.

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#3  Edited By rjayb89

I do like this Beyonce

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#4  Edited By Sundalen

If they liked it they shouldve put a ring on it!

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#6  Edited By EuanDewar
@Sundalen said:

" If they liked it they shouldve put a ring on it! "

You suck, you suck so hard. :P
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#7  Edited By Video_Game_King

Yes, this is a bit insane. Well, I know of at least one other dancing game starring a black woman, somehow. (If you didn't see this coming before clicking the link, DO NOT COMPLAIN.)

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#8  Edited By FourWude
@Sundalen said:

" If they liked it they shouldve put a ring on it! "

They did, but she "allegedly" broke the contract.

Damn women, always be cheating and shit. 

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#9  Edited By Bulletzen

Clearly the only game Beyonce likes is the Halo Halo halo....

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#10  Edited By dr_pineapple

it gets easier and easier to spot out posts by alex

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#11  Edited By RE_Player1

I've come to the realization Alex is the Norm Macdonald of GB. 

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#12  Edited By I_smell

can I get arrested for watching these videos?

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#13  Edited By ThePhantomnaut

ALL THE SINGLE MUSIC GAMES.

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#14  Edited By mnzy

I guess she was irreplaceable.

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#15  Edited By I_smell
@Video_Game_King said:
" Yes, this is a bit insane. Well, I know of at least one other dancing game starring a black woman, somehow. (If you didn't see this coming before clicking the link, DO NOT COMPLAIN.) "
Michael Jackson isn't black, or a woman.
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#16  Edited By EveryNobody
@Sundalen said:
" If they liked it they shouldve put a ring on it! "
I swear to god I will hunt you down.
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#17  Edited By Video_Game_King
@I_smell said:
" @Video_Game_King said:
" Yes, this is a bit insane. Well, I know of at least one other dancing game starring a black woman, somehow. (If you didn't see this coming before clicking the link, DO NOT COMPLAIN.) "
Michael Jackson isn't black, or a woman. "
Between being a black man and a white woman, he had to be something. He was a white man near the end, so black woman is the only thing that's left.
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#18  Edited By cuevas

*all the single ladies..all the single ladies..all the single ladies*

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#19  Edited By Claude

That reminds me, I need to stretch out today. Do some pilates.

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#20  Edited By damswedon

Looked at title and automatically assumed an Alex article.

I enjoy Alex articles.
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#21  Edited By Skald

I tore my groin just reading this article.


Doing it wrong?
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#22  Edited By wolf_blitzer85

Yeah rich people screwing over not rich people!

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#23  Edited By coreymw

I can't imagine how a company projects the amount of potential income from a product. I am wondering if it would have been cheaper just to tell her no when she came calling for more cash. All they would have had to do was remove any semblance of her name in the product.

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#24  Edited By Popogeejo

The Simpsons reference was a nice touch.

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#25  Edited By Lab392
@Bulletzen said:
" Clearly the only game Beyonce likes is the Halo Halo halo.... "
I think my kidneys just failed.
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#27  Edited By ptys

Isn't embarrassing enough to admit you dance to Kinect let alone to a Beyonce song? Imagine if the footage got out, you'd ruined!

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#28  Edited By bkbroiler
@Sundalen said:
" If they liked it they shouldve put a ring on it! "
Did you just remake the joke that was make in the subtitle? Only putting less effort in it?
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#29  Edited By Solh0und
@Sundalen said:
" If they liked it they shouldve put a ring on it! "
Hah! 
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#30  Edited By SSully
@extremeradical said:
" I tore my groin just reading this article.

Doing it wrong?
"
Yeah, if you read the text instead of spanking it to the picture you will make a quick recovery. 
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#31  Edited By Moppy

Alex, your extremely long titles and blatant use of sarcasm always puts a smile on my face. I salute you.

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#32  Edited By WalkerTR77

So has Alex made the transition to Giantbomb news editor now? I know that's the plan once he moves but has he officially started now?

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#33  Edited By Phantomvirus

I always find myself reading posts made by Alex from beginning to end. 

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I think we should just leave all the dance and music games to Harmonix.

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#35  Edited By DystopiaX

Love the new direction the GB news articles are taking- Patrick for the deeper shit that no one bothers to cover, Alex for the sarcastic stuff, and Brad for the normal stuff that we all need to know.

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#36  Edited By fox01313

One more reason why game studios shouldn't try doing some silly game deal with some music celebrity or celebrities in general unless they are just wanting voice actors or someone to help supply music. Even though the game would probably be rather average (at least to people like me who aren't fans of dance games), it's too bad for the game studio with this happening.

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#37  Edited By mcpaul15

I can see the horrible youtube videos of it in my head now....

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uh oh uh oh uh oh oh no no    

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@Popogeejo: What was the SImpsons reference?
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#40  Edited By m0rdr3d

I never really got the Beyonce attraction.  But hey, if she can afford to pay the $100 million in compensation, maybe the ignorant masses are onto something.

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#41  Edited By Spiritof

I'm a hetero male, and I'm totally gay for Beyonce.

EDIT: Also, Beyonce: Blood on the Sand needs to happen right now.

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#42  Edited By DHunter329
@I_smell: or alive.
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#43  Edited By MariachiMacabre

Beyonce: Rise of the Single Ladies. Make it happen. I expect to see amazonian weapon fighting martian zombie pirates with lasers and battle batons.

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#44  Edited By npeterson08

Damn it!

I'll never dance like Boyonce now.

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#45  Edited By theodacourt

Beyonce Inc. isn't perfect; Beyonce Castle Inc. is.

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#46  Edited By btakasper
@SpiritOf said:
" I'm a hetero male, and I'm totally gay for Beyonce.

EDIT: Also, Beyonce: Blood on the Sand needs to happen right now. "
How about Beyonce: Sand in Her Vagina?
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#47  Edited By oroboros

Can't forget Mariah Carey on the psychotic female singers list.

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#48  Edited By McGhee

You ever noticed how many shitty commercials Beyonce is in? She's the biggest sellout I've ever seen.

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#49  Edited By time allen
@McGhee_the_Insomniac said:
" You ever noticed how many shitty commercials Beyonce is in? She's the biggest sellout I've ever seen. "
sellout? implying she was once of artistic integrity?

falsified
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#50  Edited By McGhee
@Toms115 said:
" @McGhee_the_Insomniac said:
" You ever noticed how many shitty commercials Beyonce is in? She's the biggest sellout I've ever seen. "
sellout? implying she was once of artistic integrity?falsified "
Well, you may have a point there. :P

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