Oculus VR, a virtual reality technology company is being dragged to court by ZeniMax Media Inc. and Id Software, owned by ZeniMax. The 21 year old programmer and founder of Oculus, John Carmack and Palmer Luckey, are right in the middle of all this.
Facebook made its plans, to purchase Oculus VR for $2 billion, public, and this was right after about nine months of the later signing a non-disclosure agreement with ZeniMax. According to ZeniMax, the offense is “illegally misappropriating ZeniMax trade secrets relating to virtual reality technology, and infringing ZeniMax copyrights and trademarks.”Carmack, the co-founder of id Software, was the lead programmer of id video games. Best known for his innovations in 3D graphics, he was a CTO at Oculus VR. The former CTO, who moved to Facebook, has been accused to have used the technology developed by ZeniMax, irrespective of the non-disclosure. A spokesperson from Oculus states, “The lawsuit filed by ZeniMaxhas no merit whatsoever. As we have previously said, ZeniMax did not contribute to any Oculus technology. Oculus will defend these claims vigorously.”
In their accusations, ZeniMax object and oppose Luckey’s impression as a visionary developer of virtual reality technology and contradict it by stating that the key technology used in building Oculus was actually ZeniMax material. ZenMax asked for compensation for the use of its intellectual property, and say that even after their consistent claims for the recompense, it all fell on deaf ears. In Carmack’s defence, his words on Twitter go as: “Oculus uses zero lines of code that I wrote while under contract to Zenimax.”