March 10, 2017

It seems the Oculus v ZeniMax dispute never ends.

If you don’t remember, ZeniMax recently sued Oculus for supposedly using code written by John Carmack at the company before he moved over to the Facebook-owned entity. ZeniMax won this case, being awarded half a billion dollars by Oculus, but it seems that Carmack is not done with his old company, and is now seeking $22.5 million for some old debts.

While this dispute may not apply to Oculus directly, Carmack is looking to get the remaining $22.5 million which he says was never paid to him when ZeniMax purchased his game company, id Software.

While it obviously can’t be assumed that the lawsuit was launched due to losing the last case, it does seem like this is a pretty personal matter. Carmack likely still feels cheated by the company regarding the usage of his own code in the Oculus Rift headset, and is trying to make up for all the debts the company still owes him.

Who do you think will win this case? It likely won’t be nearly as disputed since less hard evidence needs to be presented in terms of code, but it will still be interesting to see how it plays out.

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