Blame Beyonce for 70 layoffs, studio says

Blame Beyonce for 70 layoffs, studio says
Michael French

By Michael French

April 28th 2011 at 12:50PM

Game would've earned $100m, studio says, before 'erratic' superstar pulled out of deal

The developer of a Beyonce Knowles dancing game says it is over $100m out of pocket now the superstar has pulled out of the project.

New York studio Gate Five is suing Beyonce for "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."

Game Five says that it had to fire 70 staff and incurred over $6m of costs during the early development of the game once Beyonce had backed out.

The court documents say the singer known for songs like Crazy in Love and Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it) "made an extortionate demand for entirely new compensation terms she wanted".

Whent that manoeuvre "backfired and drove away the financier (who found [Knowles] too erratic to do business with), she pulled out of the project in breach of the agreement."

The full story can be found over at MCV