Zenimax threatens to block sales of Oculus Rift and many games

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Summary

  • A new injunction request from Zenimax
  • Oculus decided to appeal the first verdict

The legal battle between Zenimax and the giant Facebook is far from over. WhileOculus was stunned during this first round, Facebook, owner of the brand of virtual reality headsets refuses the verdict and intends to appeal. Zenimax, for its part, hopes to deliver the final blow demanding the withdrawal of many games running on the Rift and asking for the end of headphone sales or significant royalties on sales of Oculus Rift. Update on this legal battle which could knock out one of the two players and in which virtual reality is the big loser.



A new injunction request from Zenimax

The publisher of video games, Zenimax, which notably developed versions 3 and 4 of "The Elder Scrolls" as well as various "Star Treck" games, is not decided to be satisfied with the judgment offering him 500 million dollars for non-compliance with a technology nondisclosure contract. The company filed an injunction yesterday with the Dallas Federal Judge to block sales of Oculus Rift VR headsets and games using the stolen code by his former employee who then joined Oculus.

The game developer asked the judge to block sales of the headset owned by Facebook, on the grounds that they are using its intellectual property. In case of refusal by the judge, the company has decided to initiate a procedure in order to collect royalties on the sales of the helmet. The royalty that would be requested by Zenimax would be approximately 20% of the sale price over a period of at least 10 years. If the judge validates this request, many games running on Oculus Rift would also be subject to this blocking.



Oculus decided to appeal the first verdict

Facebook lawyers who defend the Oculus subsidiary of the social media giant do not intend to accept the judgment ordering the company to compensate Zenimax up to half a billion dollars. Through the voice of Tera Randall, spokesperson for the company Oculus, the firm confirms its intention to appeal: "" before adding: "".


As a reminder, it was in 2014, shortly after the takeover of Oculus by Facebook, that Zenimax filed a complaint claiming that John Carmack, a former employee, had stolen his technology to transmit it to Oculus despite a contract containing a non-disclosure clause. The verdict, handed down by the Dallas court on February 1, recognized the fault of the former employee and ordered Oculus to pay the game publisher $ 500 million for using this technology..




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