ZeniMax vs Oculus VR: Oculus Retaliates

A court confrontation between ZeniMax and Oculus VR continues. We have already reported that ZeniMax initiated a lawsuit against Oculus. The company stated it had undeniable proofs that Oculus used the intellectual property of ID Software, a game developer controlled by ZeniMax, to improve the Rift headset. The situation aggravated even more when John Carmack, a founder of ID Software, joined Oculus team and was suspected in revealing the commercial information under secret.

This week a court listened to Oculus arguments. The company stated all the claims were groundless and it never used a piece of ID Software code developing Rift. “ZeniMax’s complaint falsely claims ownership in Oculus VR technology in a transparent attempt to take advantage of the Oculus VR sale to Facebook,” the court filing says. Oculus is convinced ZeniMax only aspires to receive a “quick payout.”

ZeniMax was developing its own VR technology during a long period of time and John Carmack was noticed experimenting with Rift long before the official claims were made. These facts allow to assume the cooperation between two companies was much more closer that it might appear at a first glance. Considering this ZeniMax could have used the Rift code for a certain time. Moreover, ZeniMax couldn’t point out clearly which piece of code was stolen.

So far there was no official response from ZeniMax concerning Oculus arguments.