id Software and ZeniMax are both suing Oculus VR

id Software, once the place where John Carmack, who is now working for Oculus VR, used to spend his time and energy to come up with revolutionary first person shooters for the masses, has sued Oculus VR. The lawsuit was filed in the Northern Texas district against Oculus VR, where ZeniMax has thrown an accusation in the direction of Oculus, alleging them to misappropriating trade secrets, copyright infringement, breach of contract, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, trademark infringement and false designation, despite signing contracts that specifically prevented them from doing so.

ZeniMax publically called out Oculus VR earlier this month with claims that former employee and gaming icon John Carmack stole intellectual property that was ultimately used to help develop the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and help hire away several former employees with confidential and proprietary knowledge of ZeniMax and virtual reality to come work for Oculus VR. On Wednesday, ZeniMax and id Software officially filed suit in the Northern Texas district against Oculus VR over the matter. Specifically, ZeniMax is accusing Oculus of misappropriation of trade secrets, copyright infringement, breach of contract, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, trademark infringement and false designation after having signed contracts preventing them from doing so. As a result of Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR back in March, they now stand to realize billions of dollars in value from ZeniMax’s intellectual property according to the lawsuit. The company said all of their efforts to resolve the matter amicably have been unsuccessful thus far.

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