ZeniMax Media, parent company to Bethesda, has come to an agreement with Facebook in regards to the litigation against Oculus and the executive team. Zenimax first accused Carmack of illegally copying thousands of documents containing ZeniMax’s IP.
“On August 1, 2013, Carmack became Oculus’s Chief Technology Officer (“CTO”). Before leaving ZeniMax, Carmack secretly and illegally copied thousands of documents containing ZeniMax’s intellectual property from his computer at ZeniMax to a USB storage device which he wrongfully took with him to Oculus. After he had joined Oculus, Carmack returned to ZeniMax’s premises and took without permission a customized tool that Carmack and other ZeniMax personnel had developed for work on virtual reality.”
In February of 2017, the jury awarded ZeniMax of $500 million in damages but was soon reduced to $250 million. Now it seems that the two company’s have come to a settlement out of court.
“We are pleased that a settlement has been reached and are fully satisfied by the outcome,” Robert Altman, ZeniMax’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “While we dislike litigation, we will always vigorously defend against any infringement or misappropriation of our intellectual property by third parties.”
There is no indication on how much ZeniMax has settled for with Facebook but they look to move forward beyond this litigation lawsuit.