ZeniMax suing Samsung over VR tech after winning lawsuit against Facebook's Oculus

Posted May 17, 2017

"Despite this awareness, Samsung nonetheless obtained and used ZeniMax's VR technology from Oculus, without ZeniMax's consent".

ZeniMax, the media company which successfully sued Facebook's Oculus for $500 million (£387 million), has a new target: Samsung.

Samsung's Gear VR was co-created with Oculus.

ZeniMax, parent company of hit games such as Doom, Quake and Fallout, has filed a lawsuit against Samsung over its Gear VR headset. He claims that Zenimax has not yet paid the remaining amount owed to him from the sale of his game studio, id Software, in 2009.

ZeniMax is seeking damages, profits from sales of "infringing works" and "use of trade secrets", royalties, injunctive relief and punitive damages, plus lawyers' fees, court costs and interest. The proceedings are in infantile stages just yet, but the course of action is well-worth following, as the bill for Samsung may spiral into the hundreds of millions and pose serious considerations for the future of Gear VR.

"On July 31, 2013, Carmack brought a former ZeniMax employee and friend, Matt Hooper ('Hooper"), who had been fired by ZeniMax, back into id Software's offices after hours to "talk about Oculus.' Carmack was aware of the comprehensive security measures ZeniMax had to protect the confidentiality of its intellectual property, security measures Carmack knowingly and intentional violated", the suit says.

In addition, the jury upheld our complaint regarding the theft by John Carmack of RAGE source code and thousands of electronic files on a USB storage device which contained ZeniMax VR technology. Carmack is said to be closely involved with this VR headset project, where he also developed heavy software optimizations for seamless mobile usage.

Samsung has yet to respond to the lawsuit but we can only imagine that they will be defending themselves, however given ZeniMax's win over Oculus, precedent has already been set so Samsung could have a hard time trying to argue otherwise.

The company has filed a new United States lawsuit against Samsung over its Gear VR headset.

Samsung continued to develop the Gear VR with full knowledge of ZeniMax's allegations and without obtaining any right or permission from ZeniMax to use any of its copyrights or other confidential information.