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ZeniMax Lawsuit ‘Transparent’ Facebook Cash In Says Oculus

It’s been just over a month now since ZeniMax Media revealed that it was suing Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset creator Oculus VR for allegedly using its code and technology without permission. ZeniMax Media, which owns The Elder Scrolls developer Bethesda, claimed that Oculus VR’s chief technology officer (CTO) John Carmack took ZeniMax Media-owned code when he moved from Doom developer id Software to his current position. Now Oculus VR has filed a response to that suit, defending itself against these claims.


“ZeniMax’s Complaint falsely claims ownership in Oculus VR technology in a transparent attempt to take advantage of the Oculus VR sale to Facebook,” the filing reads. The document was originally obtained by Polygon, and goes on to state that ZeniMax Media has been “deliberately misstating some facts and omitting others,” and that “there is not a line of ZeniMax code or any of its technology in any Oculus VR product.”

The response filing even opens with a quote from John Carmack himself. Taken from 7th June 2012, the quote reveals that Carmack had warned Oculus Rift designer Palmer Luckey that this could happen with his inclusion with the company: “I warned [Luckey] ahead of time that it was a foregone conclusion that some of the media would report the Rift as my work, despite my ve[r]y explicit description otherwise.”

Oculus VR is also now hoping to settle this matter by trial. Facebook announced its intention to acquire the company earlier this year in a $2 billion USD deal. Tensions between ZeniMax Media and Oculus VR first rose in early May 2014 when the former made its initial claims. Bethesda has since said that the issue wouldn’t stop the developer from creating videogames for the Oculus Rift. VRFocus will continue to follow the development of this situation, reporting back with all the latest.

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