As early as May 2014 ZeniMax accused the eyes of VR-based headphones in the absence of legitimate, legitimate means to obtain ZeniMax technology, with the help of John Carmack, he is now in the eye. The opening statement last week began. After these statements, each side is also happy to comment on the incident, and ZeniMax claims that they have put the evidence on the bed.
“With the start of the trial of our case in Federal District Court in Dallas against Defendants Facebook, Oculus and its management, ZeniMax and id Software welcome the opportunity to present substantial evidence of the Defendants’ misappropriation of our Virtual Reality (VR) intellectual property,” ZeniMax said in a statement provided to Polygon.
“That evidence includes the theft of trade secrets and highly confidential information, including computer code. ZeniMax will also present evidence of the Defendants’ intentional destruction of evidence to cover up their wrongdoing. ZeniMax and id Software are the visionary developers of breakthrough VR technology, and look forward to the vindication of our claims.”
As Polygon report, a court-appointed forensic expert was hired to go through former id Software chief tech officer John Carmack’s computer in search of any incriminating evidence, so this assertion could be tied to the expectations of the expert’s findings, which will likely be presented in court.
Both Carmack and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg are scheduled to testify in the case.
“We’re eager to present our case in court,” Oculus said to Polygon. “Oculus and its founders have invested a wealth of time and money in VR because we believe it can fundamentally transform the way people interact and communicate. We’re disappointed that another company is using wasteful litigation to attempt to take credit for technology that it did not have the vision, expertise, or patience to build.”
Original Story August 22, 2016: If anyone thought the lawsuit between Bethesda’s parent company ZeniMax and VR specialists Oculus was likely to calm down any time soon, they’re sadly mistaken. Things have just been taken up a notch.
In an amendment to the complaint it first filed against Oculus back in 2014, ZeniMax have directly accused John Carmack – the one time co-founder of id Software and current CTO at Oculus – of stealing confidential files and VR tech during his last days working for the company.
Indeed, ZeniMax claim Carmack even came back to ZeniMax’s offices after his tenure at id had come to an end in order to remove some of the aforementioned items.
“Instead of complying with his contract, during his last days at ZeniMax, he copied thousands of documents from a computer at ZeniMax to a USB storage device,” alleges the amendment.
“He never returned those files or all copies of them after his employment with ZeniMax was terminated. In addition, after Carmack’s employment with ZeniMax was terminated, he returned to ZeniMax’s premises to take a customized tool for developing VR Technology belonging to ZeniMax that itself is part of ZeniMax’s VR technology.”
The core of ZeniMax’s allegation is that Oculus, who were acquired by Facebook in 2014 for a hefty $2 billion, have built their business upon technology effectively stolen from ZeniMax by Carmack. As a result, ZeniMax claim Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has been dining out on someone else’s story, claiming credit for VR tech it states he has no real connection to.
“Oculus, at [CEO Brendan] Iribe’s direction, disseminated to the press the false and fanciful story that Luckey was the brilliant inventor of VR technology who had developed that technology in his parents’ garage,” the amendment continues, noting that Luckey signed an NDA with ZeniMax over their proprietary information. “In fact, that story was utterly and completely false: Luckey lacked the training, expertise, resources, or know-how to create commercially viable VR technology, his computer programming skills were rudimentary, and he relied on ZeniMax’s computer program code and games to demonstrate the prototype Rift.
“Nevertheless, this fraudulent tale was frequently reported in the media as fact. Luckey increasingly and falsely held himself out to the media and the public as the visionary developer of the Rift’s VR Technology, which had actually been developed by ZeniMax without any substantial contribution from Luckey.”
In a juicy way, ZeniMax is now blaming Facebook. In 2014 the “social network” got the eye, but after the state it was to the eyes and Luckey ZeniMax had begun their action – they thought was widely covered in consumer and industry news.
ZeniMax claimed that Facebook must have been aware of the action, it is also subject to NDA Luckey signed. So, ZeniMax thinks Facebook is interfering with an execution contract.
In response, the eye remains in the previous position, and ZeniMax’s assertion is unfounded. “This complaint ZeniMax is one-sided, only to convey the story of ZeniMax explained,” one eye spokesman said in reply. “We continue to believe that this case is of no value and we will address all ZeniMax charges in court.”