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Ubisoft launches legal battle against Black Eyed Peas

Ubisoft launches legal battle against Black Eyed Peas

Development of the iOS port of the Wii and Xbox Kinect game has so far cost Ubisoft more than $230,000.

Ubisoft is taking The Black Eyed Peas to court for $1m over a breach of contract dispute concerning the iOS port of The Black Eyed Peas Experience.

The hip hop group's eponymous dance-based game was launched on the Wii and Xbox 360 last year and the group has dragged its heels on granting approval for a version intended for the iPad and iPhone. To date, Ubisoft has spent $233,000 on the mobile port.

The Black Eyed Peas had agreed to license out their names and likenesses to Ubisoft to use as part of a video game on 'all existing and future handheld and home consoles and iOS platforms, including the iPhone and iPad' as reported by Courthouse News.

The contract also stated that BEP Music, representing the group, would respond to the submission of any games within 10 days to give the ok or request any changes. Ubisoft has heard nothing from BEP Music concerning the iOS version since March.

As a result of the lack of input from The Black Eyed Peas, Ubisoft claims that it has suffered losses of more than $1m, comprised of a combination of development costs and loss of profits.

The music game genre has spawned several lawsuits, although this could be the first time a developer has taken an artist to court. Earlier this month, No Doubt settled its dispute with Activision out of court over the band members' likenesses being usable with non-No Doubt tracks in Band Hero.

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wafflesomd 19th October 2012, 14:59 Quote
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Hahahahah, man that was awesome. You just made my day.
Dave Lister 19th October 2012, 15:01 Quote
Bogomip 19th October 2012, 21:58 Quote
Isnt there the assumption that people would have bought it?

Seems far fetched to me :P

P.S. Enjoying the link above, trolol!
Elton 19th October 2012, 22:21 Quote
The fact that people bought this is more baffling than the case itself.
Sloth 19th October 2012, 22:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Elton
The fact that people bought this is more baffling than the case itself.
Are you implying that you don't want to experience "THE WORLD'S HOTTEST DANCE PARTY"? And here I thought you had good taste in games.

:)
Elton 20th October 2012, 00:08 Quote
The only hot dance party is if there's a hot girl dancing with you. Virtual women don't count.

Good taste in games or not, dance games are only fun if it's DDR, you're hyped on caffine and playing on heavy for the kicks. :D

And no, if I have to experience a dance party on a video game, I need friends.
Bob1234 22nd October 2012, 11:32 Quote
I can see the mistake Ubisoft made.
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The contract also stated that BEP Music, representing the group, would respond to the submission of any games within 10 days to give the ok or request any changes.

They should have made the contract say that BEP Music have 10 days to to object or request changes or they are deemed to give approval automatically.

Would have made Ubisofts life so much easier.
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