ZeniMax accuses John Carmack of stealing tech for Oculus VR
Authored by Pixel Enemy Staff
John Carmack’s former employers at ZeniMax — who owns Bethesda and its subsidiary id Software — is now accusing the legendary game designer that he has stolen tech from the company, and brought it to Oculus Rift for the VR tech.
ZeniMax has sent the following statement to Oculus VR stating, “It was only through the concerted efforts of Mr. Carmack, using technology developed over many years at, and owned by, ZeniMax, that [Oculus founder] Mr. Luckey was able to transform his garage-based pipe dream into a working reality.”
Oculus has then provided the following statement as their rebuttal:
It’s unfortunate, but when there’s this type of transaction, people come out of the woodwork with ridiculous and absurd claims. We intend to vigorously defend Oculus and its investors to the fullest extent.
Not someone to be left in the dark, Carmack himself went on Twitter and tweeted, “No work I have ever done has been patented. Zenimax owns the code that I wrote, but they don’t own VR.”
ZeniMax has since confirmed that it has indeed sent a claim against Oculus VR. You can check ZeniMax’s rather lengthy statement over here.
Do you think Carmack really did steal something from ZeniMax when he moved companies? More importantly, was it that tech that allowed the Oculus Rift to be a working virtual reality headset?