Zenimax Files Suit Against Samsung for Oculus Tech in Gear VR

Zenimax Files Suit Against Samsung for Oculus Tech in Gear VR

Zenimax Files Suit Against Samsung for Oculus Tech in Gear VR

"Later that night, Hooper emailed his contacts at Oculus disclosing that he and Carmack formulated an "attack plan" for the mobile VR work that they would undertake together at Oculus, and which Oculus would subsequently provide to Samsung".

The lawsuit accuses Samsung of copyright infringement, as the Gear VR uses Zenimax VR code.

ZeniMax, parent company of hit games such as Doom, Quake and Fallout, has filed a lawsuit against Samsung over its Gear VR headset. The lawsuit claims that Samsung knowingly profited from Oculus technology - first developed at ZeniMax - that is deployed in its VR headset. An adverse decision could not only mean millions in damages, but an injunction to halt any more sales of Gear VR until the offending code is removed.

Following on from Zenimax's court win, Carmack launched his own legal action against Zenimac, claiming that he is owed $22.5m following the sale of his game studio, Id Software, to Zenimax in 2009.

The new lawsuit against Samsung reiterates some of those points, specifically that Carmack's success at Oculus is down to software he developed while working as part of a team at ZeniMax.

The lawsuit against Zenimax continues the long-winding legal battle between Oculus and Zenimax, and with Samsung now joining the fray, there seems to be no end in sight.

This could have a significant effect on the mobile VR market if ZeniMax gets its way; Samsung has shipped over 5 million Gear VR headsets worldwide since debuting the platform in late 2015, and (according to a court filing helpfully published by Polygon) now ZeniMax wants a piece of the proceeds. ZeniMax said in the complaint that it's seeking damages and injunctive relief "that will fairly and fully compensate it" for Samsung's alleged usage of ZeniMax-developed technologies in the various Gear VR products that have debuted since 2015. Samsung didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Oculus, however, was not found guilty on allegations that it stole trade secrets from Zenimax for the development of the Oculus Rift.

Zenimax surely has a penchant for lawsuits.

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