Oculus Responds to ZeniMax Claims, Reveals Reasons For DOOM 3 VR Cancellation

VRFocus - Oculus VR has responded to claims from ZeniMax Media that former employee John Carmack took company-owned virtual reality (VR) code with him to his current position as Oculus VR's Chief Technology Officer. The company stated in an email that Carmack did not take any intellectual propety (IP) from ZeniMax Media and noted that these claims had only been made after the announcement of a $2 billion USD buyout of Oculus VR to Facebook. The company also revealed that ZeniMax Media had cancelled VR support in id Software's DOOM 3 BFG after 'Oculus refused Zenimax's demands for a non-dilutable equity stake in Oculus.'

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LaWiiG1604d ago

Who wouldn't want a slice of $2 billion pie?

frostypants1604d ago (Edited 1604d ago )

Meh. The point regarding the timing has no bearing on whether or not Carmack stole Zenimax's IP. Carmack's a bright guy but it appears that he may not have a firm grasp on business ethics. He comes off as one of those "I thought of it, I own it" kind of guys...but the business world doesn't work like that. If you develop something on your company's time and dime, it belongs to them.

DemonChicken1604d ago

hmmm did they really use zenimax's money? I've haven't been following this closely so yeah don't know much about how this originally come about lol.

I mean they did turn to Kickstarter after all meaning that either they weren't getting the funds they want or they weren't getting anything at all.

aliengmr1604d ago

Except OVR does have a point about Zenimax not specifying what line of code, if any, was produced on the their dime.

Carmack was fully aware of his obligations to Zenimax, as he had to deal with it with his other company. I find it hard to believe he wouldn't take steps to avoid something like this.

Maybe Zenimax does have a claim here, but if so, they ought to specify what was "stolen" from them. And why they seemed to 'not' value this precious "thing" until the buyout.


Carmack can on board after the Kickstarter. Carmack left id because Zenimax didn't want to fund VR.

starchild1604d ago

No, that isn't true. They don't own his mind or the fruits of his labor for all time. They can't tell him that he can never work on VR again simply because he worked on it while working for them. Unless they patented some particular technology Carmack created while in their employ I don't see how they have a leg to stand on.