OCULUS'S CHIEF TECHNICAL OFFICER is suing his former employer Zenimax Media for earnings he claims are still owed to him.
Facebook-owned Oculus lost a dispute with Zenimax last month over intellectual property and breach of non-disclosure, which led to Oculus having to pay Zenimax $500m. Mark Zuckerberg testified himself at the trial, but ultimately the company was found to have been in breach.
In this new suit, John Carmack, for it is he, has personally sued Zenimax for $22.5m which he claims he has not been paid following the sale of his game studio id Software in 2009.
The software house is probably best known for Doom and Quake, two of the biggest franchises of all time.
Carmack's documents claim that he was due to receive $45m from the sale. In 2011, half of this figure was converted into common stock with ZeniMax, but the other half is yet to be paid in any form, following his departure from the company in 2013.
The company is now claiming that it doesn't owe the money because of the Oculus ruling, citing breaches in Carmack's contract, although this wasn't specified in the previous lawsuit, only the ruling against Oculus itself.
Dallas News reports that the papers filed by the court counter, "Sour grapes is not an affirmative defence to breach of contract,", adding, "ZeniMax's invocation of the same alleged acts that it just went to trial on is an exercise in bad faith and distraction, not a legitimate basis to avoid paying the money it owes from its purchase of id Software,"
Zenimax retorted that the suit was ‘completely without merit' adding: "Apparently lacking in remorse, and disregarding the evidence of his many faithless acts and violations of law, Mr. Carmack has decided to try again."
The battle for intellectual property has always been hotly contested, nowhere more so than the smartphone market, but the rift (ho ho) between Oculus and Zenimax is one of a growing number of suits in markets that have emerged since.
Most recently, Waymo, the offshoot of Google/Alphabet which handles self-driving car technology announced it was to sue Uber offshoot Otto for pinching tricks of the trade. µ
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