(Credit: Getty Images)Ubisoft is laying a legal Boom Boom Pow on their highest profile musical partner.
The publisher has filed a breach of contract suit against The Black Eyed Peas, saying the band failed to approve an iOS version of their console game, The Black Eyed Peas Experience. Ubisoft is seeking over $1 million in damages from BEP Music, the company that holds the trademark for the band, according to Courthouse News Service.
It was just last June, though, that the two parties couldn't get enough of each other when announcing the game with an epic concert in Paris.
The game hit consoles as scheduled late last year, but the suit claims an iOS follow-up, which was submitted for approval in March 2012, was ignored by the Peas despite numerous follow-ups by Ubisoft. The company says it spent $233,000 developing the app.
"As a direct and proximate result of BEP Music's breach of contract, Ubisoft has suffered damages in an amount in excess of $1,000,000, which not only includes Ubisoft's out-of-pocket development costs, but also the profits Ubisoft has lost and will continue to lose as a result of BEP Music's breach of contract," the suit claims.
Technically, the suit does not mention the group or the game, but seeing BEP is an essential holding company for the band and The Black Eyed Peas Experience was published at the same time as an unnamed title mentioned in the suit, it's pretty easy to connect the dots.
Still, we've gotta feeling this one will ultimately be settled. That, after all, seems to be the trend in gaming. Game publishers and bands have had a historically rocky history, though usually for different reasons.
Earlier this month, No Doubt settled its long-standing lawsuit with Activision over allowing Band Hero players to use the band's likenesses to sing songs by other groups, a claim mirrored in another Band Hero suit filed by Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine last year.
Perhaps the most famous video game/band lawsuit occurred in 2009, over Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain's appearance in Guitar Hero 5. Fans were miffed when video surfaced of players using the grunge legend's likeness to bounce like Flavor Flav in Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise 20XX" or swoon like Gwen Stefani in No Doubt's "Ex Girlfriend."
Courtney Love, Cobain's widow, called it "breach of contract" and used her Twitter feed for a multi-hour, obscenity-filled rant about the game. Former bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic said they were "dismayed and very disappointed in the way a facsimile of Kurt is used." That dispute also ended without legal action.