According to the Hollywood Reporter, this Tuesday a New York Superior Court judge denied the 30-year-old pop diva's motion to dismiss a $100 million lawsuit being brought by game developer Gate Five. The suit, which was filed in April, alleges that Beyonce pulled out of a motion-control dance game project called Starpower: Beyonce, in which Gate Five had already invested almost $7 million.
According to Gate Five's attorneys, Beyonce's move has cost them hundreds of millions in potential profits, and led to the laying-off of 70 employees last Christmas season, a "bad faith breach of contract so callous that, on what appeared to be a whim, she destroyed Gate Five's business."
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Beyonce's attorneys counter that the singer was within her rights to terminate the agreement, on the grounds that Gate Five had failed to secure a contractually-required $5 million in "committed financing" for the project.
The abortive development of Starpower isn't Beyonce's first foray into the world of gaming. In 2009, she appeared in two television commercials for the Nintendo DS fashion game Style Savvy, and offered five designs from her 'House of Dereon' clothing line in-game.
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