The legal battle between ZeniMax and Oculus continues, with trials starting earlier this week. In 2014 ZeniMax sued Oculus, claiming that previous employee John Carmack supplied the company with trade secrets used to create their flagship Virtual Reality headset, the Oculus Rift.
In August 2016, ZeniMax fired more shots, claiming that Carmack also stole “thousands of documents” from ZeniMax before leaving to work at the Facebook-owned company. Oculus denied these claims, saying the case had “no merit.”
Zenimax’s complaint has also stated that Oculus built the headset on years and millions of dollars’ worth of their research and copyrighted code.
In a report from Bloomberg, opening arguments for the jury trial kicked off in a Dallas, Texas courtroom on Tuesday. ZeniMax’s lawyers intend to call multiple witnesses, including Facebook’s co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Polygon reached out to Oculus for a statement, and received the following:
We're eager to present our case in court. Oculus and its founders have invested a wealth of time and money in VR because we believe it can fundamentally transform the way people interact and communicate. We're disappointed that another company is using wasteful litigation to attempt to take credit for technology that it did not have the vision, expertise, or patience to build.
ZeniMax declined to comment.
We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.