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Oculus denies ZeniMax’s claims in Lawsuit


Oculus Virtual Reality has stated that it did not do anything wrong or against the law in response to the allegations made by the Video game developer ZeniMax Media Inc. According to the issues rising between the two companies, ZeniMax Media Inc. accused Oculus VR of stealing trade secrets. ZeniMax Media Inc. has also filed a federal lawsuit against Oculus VR for stealing the trade secrets.

Oculus Virtual Reality has stated that it did not do anything wrong or against the law in response to the allegations made by the Video game developer ZeniMax Media Inc.

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In response to the lawsuit filed against Oculus in the federal court of law, the convicted company has bluntly refused to accept the allegations. The more interesting fact in the events is that the technology that has created all the issue was to be bought by Facebook Inc. According to the statements made by Oculus VR, the company has in turn alleged ZeniMax Media of unethical business strategy.

The whole issue is around a virtual reality headset technology that has supposedly being developed by Oculus but ZeniMax Media Inc claims different. The struggle became more intensified when Oculus accused ZeniMax, as the company filed the lawsuit after Facebook’s announcements of taking over the technology from Oculus. The company has claimed that there is not a single code which will match the code in ZeniMax’s technology and thus there stands no chances of theft.

Facebook was supposedly in line to buy the technology from Oculus at a price of $2 billion. The lawsuit was filed last month in the federal United States District Court of Texas.

Earlier in AprilZeniMax publicly accused Carmack of taking intellectual property with him to Oculus VR, where ZeniMax’s lawyer said,

“It was only through the concerted efforts of Mr. Carmack, using technology developed over many years at, and owned by, ZeniMax, that [Oculus founder] Mr. Luckey was able to transform his garage-based pipe dream into a working reality.”

Later,  Oculus VR denied the claims of id Software and its parent company ZeniMax Media and said:

“It’s unfortunate, but when there’s this type of transaction, people come out of the woodwork with ridiculous and absurd claims. We intend to vigorously defend Oculus and its investors to the fullest extent.”

Even John Carmack denied the claims of ZeniMax on his Twitter account, where he said:

“No work I have ever done has been patented. ZeniMax owns the code that I wrote, but they don’t own VR.”

John Carmack initially endorsed and then started to work with the co-founder Palmer Luckey, when he first introduced the project in a successful Kickstarter campaign. Eventually, he joined the company as chief technology officer in last August.

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