ZeniMax Media, the parent company behind videogame publisher Bethesda, has filed a lawsuit against Oculus VR and founder Palmer Luckey. The company has taken these measures following initial claims that Oculus VR had taken ZeniMax Media-owned technology when former id Software developer John Carmack moved to his current role as Chief Technology Officer at the Oculus Rift headset maker.
The suit has been filed in federal court, accusing Oculus VR of “illegally misappropriating ZeniMax trade secrets relating to virtual reality technology, and infringing ZeniMax copyrights and trademarks.” It also made claims of “breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and unfair competition against the defendants”. ZeniMax stated that Oculus VR had broken non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) surrounding its intellectual property that “provided the fundamental technology driving the Oculus Rift since its inception.
“Intellectual property forms the foundation of our business,” said ZeniMax CEO Robert Altman in the announcement. “We cannot ignore the unlawful exploitation of intellectual property that we develop and own, nor will we allow misappropriation and infringement to go unaddressed.”
In a response, Oculus VR refused to back down against ZeniMax’s claims. “The lawsuit filed by ZeniMax has no merit whatsoever. As we have previously said, ZeniMax did not contribute to any Oculus technology. Oculus will defend these claims vigorously.”
VRFocus will continue to follow the situation closely and report back with any more updates.