Oculus VR Responses to Zenimax Claims, Defends John Carmack

By Allisa James

May 5, 2014

Oculus has released an official statement responding to Zenimax’s claims made to media last week. For those not in the know, last week Bethesda parent company Zenimax accused Oculus VR of stealing their technology to create the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, through a series of legal letters sent by their lawyers.

Today Oculus VR denies those claims and has made the following statements in return:

We are disappointed but not surprised by Zenimax’s actions and we will prove that all of its claims are false. In the meantime, we would like to clarify a few key points:

  • There is not a line of Zenimax code or any of its technology in any Oculus products.
  • John Carmack did not take any intellectual property from Zenimax.
  • Zenimax has misstated the purposes and language of the Zenimax non-disclosure agreement that Palmer Luckey signed.
  • A key reason that John permanently left Zenimax in August of 2013 was that Zenimax prevented John from working on VR, and stopped investing in VR games across the company.
  • Zenimax canceled VR support for Doom 3 BFG when Oculus refused Zenimax’s demands for a non-dilutable equity stake in Oculus.
  • Zenimax did not pursue claims against Oculus for IP or technology, Zenimax has never contributed any IP or technology to Oculus, and only after the Facebook deal was announced has Zenimax now made these claims through its lawyers.
  • Despite the fact that the full source code for the Oculus SDK is available online (developer.oculusvr.com), Zenimax has never identified any ‘stolen’ code or technology.

So far Zenimax has not sent out any statements countering these claims. We will update with any new information concerning this issue.

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Senior Weekend Staff Writer for DualShockers. Loves JRPGs, artbooks, and anime.

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