Ubisoft Suing Black Eyed Peas for Being Terrible (at Not Breaching their Contract)
A post on GamesIndustry this morning reports that Ubisoft has filed a suit against the “music” group, the Black Eyed Peas over breach of contract. Apparently Ubisoft has been working on a BEP-themed iOS game that’s languished in an unfinished state, awaiting the band’s approval or disapproval, which for whatever reason has never come. According to the post, Ubisoft cites language in their contract that says the Black Eyed Peas would respond to the game-maker’s efforts within ten days of its submission. Ubisoft sent their game in March, and haven’t heard a peep over the ensuing seven months.
Enough was enough, so Ubisoft has filed a lawsuit against the Peas, suing for a million dollars lost in the production of the game. Here’s the main thrust of the argument:
“Since March 2012, and despite Ubisoft’s repeated requests, BEP Music has breached the contract by failing and refusing to either approve or disapprove the IOS game in writing or otherwise.
Ubisoft has performed all of the obligations required of it under the contract, except as those obligations that have been excused by BEP Music’s conduct or by operation of law. […]
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 [estimated at $233,000 in the complaint], but also the profits Ubisoft has lost and will continue to lose as a result of BEP Music’s breach of contract.”
Go get’em, Ubisoft! Oh, did I mention that the Black Eyed Peas are terrible?