ZeniMax partially wins Oculus Rift lawsuit, awarded $500M

It may not be the $4 billion that ZeniMax was hoping for, but the studio still made out well today as a jury awarded it $500 million in damages for missteps on the part of Facebook and Oculus Rift as it developed the VR headset.

Following a two-week trial, the jury found Facebook and Oculus Rift innocent of stealing trade secrets but guilty of copyright infringement, false designation, and failing to comply with a non-disclosure agreement.

Oculus considers that it won the moral high ground and plans to file an appeal over the ruling: “The heart of this case was about whether Oculus stole ZeniMax’s trade secrets, and the jury found decisively in our favor. We’re obviously disappointed by a few other aspects of today’s verdict, but we are undeterred. Oculus products are built with Oculus technology.”

Source: Games Industry. Thanks Alex!
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Skai R

Invest that into ESO

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

Who’s ready for round two? I’m sure this’ll be back in court where that sum will change.

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hugmonster

At least someone is making money off VR

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starbuck1771

I bet Mark Zuckerberg is going ballistic right now with all the legal issues he is having. Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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silverlock

Well that’s what Facebook gets for not building a ice skating rink in East Texas.

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Bryan Correll

I honestly think $500 million is about as much as Zenimax could have reasonably expected, and frankly wouldn’t be too surprised if it was reduced substantially on appeal.

Note: I don’t have a dog in this fight and haven’t followed the evidence enough to form a strong opinion on the legitimacy of Zenimax’s claims. But even if Zenimax was 100% in the right the Rift ain’t worth $4 billion. Or even the $2 billion Facebook paid for it.

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Veedash

500 millions is a lot of money for the failure that Oculus is.

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Mick the Barbarian

Explain how Oculus is a failure?

Or are you just a Vive fanboi?

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Sorenthaz

WHAT IS THIS NEW COMMENT SECTION, AAAAAAAAAAGH NEW THINGS ARE SCARY

Oculus seems adamant in trying to clear their name of any wrongdoings. Lol.

Probably because Zuckerberg’s reputation is at stake and this is great for VR competitors.

Karma_Mule
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Karma_Mule

They may have lost the major portion of the lawsuit, but half a billion dollars is still a pretty sweet consolation prize.

btw this is karmamule, looks like the new comment system is forcing me to be more, well, myself, for the time being. :)

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Damon

These things are never over after just one trip through the legal amusement park.