John Carmack is suing ZeniMax for breach of contract as the Oculus drama lingers on

    
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So, probably not.

One round of the Oculus lawsuit may be over, but the saga isn’t going away.

Oculus CTO John Carmack is now suing ZeniMax Media for breaching his asset purchase agreement. He claims that in February, he notified ZeniMax that he sought to covert the $22 million balance still owed by the company to him into common stock shares, which he planned to sell back to ZeniMax to fully cash out. He alleges that ZeniMax has subsequently

“made it clear that the company would not voluntarily comply on a timely basis with the conversion notice. The content and tone of the letter also made it clear that ZeniMax was unlikely to comply with its obligations under the shareholders’ agreement by either buying the offered shares or notifying the other shareholders of their right to purchase them.”

According to Carmack, ZeniMax has intimated it’s refusing to pay Carmack’s owed balance because of — you guessed it — Carmack’s supposed violation of his employment agreement as alleged in Bethsoft’s lawsuit against Oculus, which named Carmack as a lead actor in theft of trade secrets. ZeniMax was awarded half a billion dollars in that lawsuit for Oculus’ breach of an NDA and copyright infringement, but the jury did not find Oculus misappropriated trade secrets, and ZeniMax apparently did not raise the breach of contract during the trial.

In other words, ZeniMax seems to be suggesting Carmack broke the contract already and isn’t entitled to the remaining $22 million. “Sour grapes,” the lawsuit colloquially calls it. “So sue us,” we can imagine ZeniMax shrugging. Everybody loses!

Carmack seeks his $22 million, potentially to double if ZeniMax delays past its June deadline.

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socontrariwise

They refuse to give him the 22 billion in common stock? They refuse to give him the 22 billion at all? Not clear.

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Utakata

/Popcornulus

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Jeff

So he stole from them and still wanted to cash out stock.

Ballsy.

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Jack Pipsam

Bunch of drama-llamas.

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Alberto

F### Zenimax, a bunch of money grabbing ass hats, I really wish they didn’t own 2 IP I love Fallout and Elder Scrolls. The Obscene pricing for stuff in ESO lets you know just what Zenimax’s bottom line is. Stop being petty bastards and move on please.

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Wendigo Runner

lol go get’em, tiger. May as well. I reckon they’ve earned it at this point.

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Armsman

Wow. Rich people’s problems.

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Bryan Correll

Ah, good ole Zenimax vs. Oculus, the drama that keeps on drama-ing.

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Darthbawl

Another month, another lawsuit. Because they can. Because Carma(ck). :P

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deekay_plus

i feel like the real world is about to catch up the original rock star game developer for the first time in his life.

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Erik Heinze-Milne

Hopefully in the form of receiving the $22 million he is owed.