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Zenimax Claims Carmack Stole Tech When He Left

John Carmack, the man who co-founded id and left id for Oculus VR, is being accused by id's parent company, Zenimax, of stealing tech when he left. Lawyers on behalf of Zenimax sent a claim to Oculus VR saying, "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 denied this claim and offered the following statement:

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.

Carmack himself has not yet commented, but I am sure he is being counseled to say absolutely nothing at this point.

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araczynski May 01 2014, 09:05 am EDT
well, yeah, it's called his brain, i'm pretty sure he took it with him when he left.
  barasawa: And his name, which still wields a lot of weight in t…
IcedEarth May 01 2014, 02:23 pm EDT
Some companies make you sign a contract that basically says everything you create while you work for them also belongs to them. I'm not sure if that's the case here but it'll be interesting to see how it plays out. This was also filed long before the Facebook sale of OR, so you can't say it's Zenimax trying to cash in on that.
Whisky May 01 2014, 04:57 pm EDT
I will side with Carmack in any disagreement. This man basically invented modern PC gaming.
Cheddar May 01 2014, 05:23 pm EDT
Zenimax is a garbage company, and whoever they have on retainer for their legal counsel in particular are garbage people. Recall that these are the same money-snatching would-be bullies that tried to give Notch so much ridiculous grief over the 'Scrolls' name (Bethesda Softworks is a subsidiary of Zenimax).

I'm not even a particular fan of Carmack; in my opinion his arrogant refusal to accept OpenGL's inferiority as an API to DirectX 9 and up is a big part of the reason why id Software's profile in the industry has become so diminished. But the notion that a guy like him had to 'steal' anything related to Oculus from clowns like Zenimax is just laughable.

It's a transparent, 'we're-a-bigger-company-than-you', 'throw-it-at-the-wall-and-see-if-anything-sti​cks' money-grab all over again, just like with Notch. Zenimax/Bethesda Softworks are clearly the type of company that has no shame at all in regard to this sort of thing.
Killer Klown May 01 2014, 07:32 pm EDT
The sad fact is that most of these suits are not actually about one side winning or losing, it's about the plaintiff getting the defendant to settle because the case itself would cost more than the settlement, win or lose. It's a money grab, pure and simple - and it's basically how the American legal system works.
  Cheddar: Yep.
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