Oculus: Zenimax suit a transparent attempt to take advantage of Facebook deal

Oculus VR has issued a legal statement denying Zenimax Media’s recent claims that former employee John Carmack developed key VR technology for Oculus prior to his resignation from id Software.

Further, the statement asserts that Zenimax’s suit is nothing more than an obvious smoke and mirrors attempt to profit from Facebook’s acquisition of the virtual reality studio.

"ZeniMax’s Complaint falsely claims ownership in Oculus VR technology in a transparent attempt to take advantage of the Oculus VR sale to Facebook," the release reads.

"By deliberately misstating some facts and omitting others, ZeniMax makes the incredible assertion that it, a videogame software publishing company for personal computers and consoles like the Sony PlayStation, invented and developed a virtual reality hardware and software system.

"The truth is quite different. There is not a line of ZeniMax code or any of its technology in any Oculus VR product… Until the Facebook deal, and the perceived chance for a quick payout, ZeniMax never raised any claim of infringement against Oculus VR, undoubtedly because ZeniMax never has contributed any intellectual property or technology to Oculus VR."

A ZeniMax representative has since told Polygon that the company has no comment on the new filing by Oculus.

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