The legal dramas of the Zenimax Media march onward. Last time, there was the whole drama over the fate of Interplay’s Fallout MMO and the greater rights to the Fallout franchise. Now, it is potentially over the future of virtual reality in gaming.
If you recall, John Carmack, one of the founders of id Software, the creators of Doom and owned by Zenimax, left the studio to join Oculus VR last year. Recently, however, allegations have been raised by Zenimax that Carmack took VR technology he had worked on with Zenimax and transferred it illegally to the Oculus development team. Today, as filed in the Texas court system, Zenimax and id Software have officially filed a lawsuit against the Oculus VR company and its founder, Palmer Luckey.
The lawsuit alleges that Oculus used Zenimax technology to build the development tools for the Oculus Rift, and that qualifies as a breach of contract by John Carmack and copyright infringement. Zenimax has submitted non-disclosure agreements and non-ownership agreements covering VR technology signed by Carmack whilst he was at id Software in the lawsuit.
Zenimax CEO Robert Altman released this statement today; “Intellectual property forms the foundation of our business. We cannot ignore the unlawful exploitation of intellectual property that we develop and own, nor will we allow misappropriation and infringement to go unaddressed.”
Oculus VR and its owner, Facebook, have not responded to inquiries from the press at this time.