According to Premium Times, a U.S. jury in Texas
has slapped Facebook Inc, its virtual reality unit
Oculus, and other defendants with a combined $500
million fine as they lost their suit against ZeniMax
Media Inc, a video game publisher that says Oculus
stole its technology.
ZeniMax dragged the defendants to court on the
claim that video game designer John Carmack,
developed core parts of the Rift’s technology while
working at a ZeniMax subsidiary before Oculus used
a similar code.
The jury in Federal Court in Dallas found Oculus,
which Facebook acquired for about two billion
dollars in 2014, used ZeniMax’s computer code to
launch the Rift virtual-reality headset.
Though the jury ruled that none of the defendants
misappropriated ZeniMax’s trade secrets, it found
Oculus’ use of computer code directly infringed on
The jurors held Carmack and different Oculus co-
founders Palmer Luckey and Brendan Iribe liable for
forms of infringement.
The jury also found Oculus liable for breaching a
non-disclosure agreement Luckey signed with
ZeniMax in 2012, when he began corresponding
about virtual reality with Carmack.
ZeniMax Chief Executive Robert Altman hailed the
verdict and said in a statement the company was
considering seeking an order blocking Oculus and
Facebook from using its code.