ZeniMax Media and Facebook have reached a settlement in their lengthy litigation and end the legal drama. This news follows shortly after Id designer John Carmack announced that his own personal trial against ZeniMax had been terminated.
In the announcement from ZeniMax, the company said that it decided the case against Facebook and Oculus. The terms of the settlement were not shared. ZeniMax's chairman and CEO, Robert Altman, said: "We are pleased that a settlement has been reached and is completely satisfied with the outcome. While we disagree with disputes, we will always strongly defend against violation or abuse of our intellectual property rights by third parties. "
ZeniMax claimed that John Carmack had worked with VR while employed by Id Software ̵
The company sought $ 2 billion in compensation and $ 4 billion in immediate injury. The court awarded ZeniMax $ 500 million in compensation. It contained $ 250 million from Oculus, $ 100 million from former CEO Brandon Iribe, and $ 50 million from founder Palmer Luckey. Facebook itself was found not responsible. This figure was later reduced to $ 250 million, and Oculus continued to appeal.
ZeniMax also filed clothes in 2017 against Samsung VR. This case alleged that Carmack had worked with Matt Hooper, another former ZeniMax employee, to develop mobile VR. Then claiming that Oculus took the color of Samsung. The settlement specifies no further developments in Samsung's lawsuit, but given that it has settled with Carmack and Oculus in recent months, this branch of the package can also be wrapped.
Oculus has continued to evolve as its own business within Facebook, the recent release of Oculus Go. For more about what the sudden emergence of the consumer's virtual reality has brought, check out our look back at VR in 2018.