For its part, Oculus claimed the suit was merely an attempt to profit off Oculus' success, since it was filed shortly after the company's multi-billion-dollar acquisition by Facebook. Instead, it ruled that Luckey, who was working as a contractor for Zenimax before starting the Kickstarter for the Oculus Rift headset, violated his non-disclosure agreement, according to a Polygon report.
Well, ZeniMax has now been awarded $500 million after a jury said Oculus used stolen computer code. They even went so far as to claim Palmer Luckey wouldn't have been able to conjure up the Oculus Rift without Zenimax's help.
Carmack admitted in testimony that he had copied thousands of e-mails to a personal hard drive on his last day at ZeniMax, but he maintained that he rewrote any code used on the Rift and Gear VR headsets from scratch. ZeniMax also did not respond to a request for comment.
Facebook's acquisition of Oculus gave it a head start against Microsoft Corp., Sony Corp., Alphabet Inc.'s Google and others competing for a piece of the virtual reality market that's forecast to exceed US$84 billion in sales in 2020.
We've reached out to Oculus and ZeniMax for more details about the companies' next moves.
Almost three years after ZeniMax first filed suit against Oculus for "illegally misappropriating ZeniMax trade secrets relating to virtual reality technology", the case has finally drawn to a close-though likely not to ZeniMax's satisfaction.
"If they could make it, why'd they take it?"
The case against Oculus - bought by the social media giant two years ago for $2bn - and two of its founders was brought by ZeniMax Media which includes President Donald Trump's younger brother Robert on its board.
"They're jealous. They're angry", Wilkinson told jurors. He "saw what these guys could do in the future and invested", she said.
Oculus is liable for $300 million in the verdict ($50 million for trademark infringement, $50 million for copyright infringement, and $200 million for breaking the NDA), while Luckey owes $50 million and former Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe owes $150 million (both for false designation).
Facebook purchased Oculus VR in 2014 for $2 billion. Nor will ZeniMax have any hold on Oculus going forward.
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