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ZeniMax Sues Oculus VR for Intellectual Property Theft

With a newly filed lawsuit in a northern Texas district court, game publisher ZeniMax has formalized its allegations that Oculus VR violated a nondisclosure agreement in the development of its virtual reality headset, the Oculus Rift. The suit says ZeniMax is seeking monetary damages as relief for Oculus “profit[ing] unjustly,” given that early prototypes of the Rift piggybacked on the work of then-ZeniMax employee John Carmack at Id Software. Carmack left Id to become CTO of Oculus last year, but ZeniMax alleges that Oculus would not have succeeded without the assistance and visibility of Carmack and other ZeniMax employees.

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