Oculus VR on Claims of Theft: Not a Line of ZeniMax Code, Technology in Our Products

Oculus also denies that John Carmack stole intellectual property from id Software's parent company.

Posted By | On 05th, May. 2014

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Last week, ZeniMax Media hit Oculus VR with a lawsuit, alleging that former id Software programmer John Carmack had stolen technology from the publisher – which has owned id for years now – for use in Oculus products.

The company recently hit back at these allegations in a new statement (via GameSpot), in which it stated that: “We are disappointed but not surprised by ZeniMax’s actions and we will prove that all of its claims are false.”

The key points outlined by Oculus included that: no line of code from ZeniMax was used in any of their technology or products; Carmack didn’t take any intellectual property; the company misstated an NDA that Oculus founder Palmer Luckey signed with ZeniMax; ZeniMax preventing Carmack from working on VR and investing in VR games which prompted him to leave in August 2013; and among other things, that despite the Oculus SDK being available online, ZeniMax never sought to identify stolen code or technology there despite it containing the full source code.

There are many other points but it’s already obvious that Oculus seeks to fight this battle tooth and nail with ZeniMax. Who do you think is right? Let us know in the comments.


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