ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks and ID Software, and Facebook have settled their lawsuit on the development of the Oculus VR headset, which Zenimax announced this morning. The agreement closes a match of four and a half years where Zenimax claimed that founder John Carmack gave trade secrets to Oculus.
In a brief statement from ZeniMax, the company said that it had agreed to settle the case but not the amount to be paid. ZeniMax originally won a $ 500 million verdict from a federal jury in Texas in February 2017, with Oculus founder Palmer Luckey on the hook for $ 50 million of it and former CEO Brendan Iribe responsible for $ 1
A federal judge later halved that price and ZeniMax appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. This settlement ends as an appeal. Robert Altman, CEO and CEO of Zenimax, said the company is "fully satisfied with the outcome."
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In February 1, 2017, a jury of the US District Court of the North District of Texas said that Oculus did not misunderstand trade secrets, as ZeniMax had claimed. The verdict was more based on Luckey's failure to comply with a non-discussion agreement he had entered into with ZeniMax on virtual reality technology ZeniMax developed and owned.
Carmack left id in 2013 for Oculus VR, where he is now a technology chief. In his original complaint, ZeniMax said that he and six previous ZeniMax employees, who also came to Oculus, built Rift using ZeniMax's proprietary code. Carmack later sued ZeniMax, claiming that the company had not paid 22.5 million dollars it owed him when the publisher bought id in 2009. Carmack, in October, said that both parties had issued their claims against each other.
In May 2017, ZeniMax sued Samsung, also in the northern district of Texas (ID has its headquarters in the Dallas area), claiming that Gear VR was also developed using id software secrets because it relies on the Oculus code in the heart of the original suit. By the end of 2017, the judge then gave Samsung's move on a stay in the case and ended the case because it was about the result of ZeniMax vs Oculus suit.