Zenimax Gets $500 Million From Oculus Lawsuit
After a long lawsuit between Bethesda parent company Zenimax and Facebook owned Oculus, it seems that Zenimax has been awarded half a billion dollars.
Initially Zenimax accused an ex id Software employee Palmer Luckey of stealing VR code from the former employer. During the year of the accusation, Oculus was purchased by Facebook. Although Luckey had help creating Oculus, Zenimax claims that he wouldn't have even been able to create such a technology on his own. Zenimax claims that Luckey broke a non-disclosure agreement signed in 2014.
The result of the lawsuit agrees that Luckey did not disclose secrets from Zenimax, but that he did disregard the non-disclosure agreement. The Dallas, Texas judge and jury have agreed that Zenimax should receive a $500 million over the copyright infringement.
Oculus has since stated that they intend to appeal, to which Zenimax responded by promising to seek injunction on Oculus. This would essentially prevent Oculus from being able to produce and sell units, due to copyright issues with Zenimax.
Sounds like a bunch of babies throwing hissy fits, but then again, that's business...
What'll be really interesting to see is how this affects Bethesda's ability to create VR games. Last year at E3, Bethesda executive producer and director Todd Howard announced that Fallout 4 was in development for VR. We doubt Zenimax will let that game see the light of day on Oculus, though it will likely still come to HTC Vive.