John Carmack Responds to ZeniMax Media Claims

Oculus VR Chief Technology Officer John Carmack has issued a response to claims from former employer ZeniMax Media that he took virtual reality (VR) technology owned by that company with him to Oculus VR. ZeniMax Media claims that Oculus VR is currently using its own technology to developer the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset without its own permission, and is seeking action as a result.


“No work I have ever done has been patented,” Carmack claimed in the first of 2 Twitter posts concerning the situation. “Zenimax owns the code that I wrote, but they don’t own VR.”

Said code likely refers to the work Carmack performed with his studio id Software on titles such as Rage and the Doom series, the latest of which , Doom 4, was developed with Carmack on board for some time.

“Oculus uses zero lines of code that I wrote while under contract to Zenimax,” he concluded. Later Twitter posts returned to Carmack’s usual development chatter.

Just how the situation from here will develop is unknown. Oculus VR already issued a statement labelling the situation as ‘unfortunate’ and calling the claims ‘ridiculous and absurd’. How will ZeniMax Media respond? VRFocus will continue to follow the situation and report back with all the latest details.