ZeniMax Media Has Set its Sights on Samsung in New VR Lawsuit

ZeniMax is suing Samsung after winning its case against Oculus

After winning a $500 million judgment against Oculus on various grounds, Zenimax is now expanding its legal pursuits to a suit against Samsung, specifically over its Gear VR headset. It's only a first instance claim at this point, but it does have potential to generate millions in damages, should the court establish that the Korean company benefited from Zeni's VR concepts.

Zenimax' main contention is that Samsung despite being aware of its lawsuit against Oculus, which was filed during the initial development of the Gear VR continued to develop the device "without obtaining any right or permission from ZeniMax to use any of its copyrights or other confidential information".

The new lawsuit, filed on Friday, 12 May in Dallas federal court, claims that Samsung's Gear VR headset is based on ZeniMax's intellectual property, which was developed at the company and later misappropriated by Carmack.

Much of the suit's basis rests in facts established in the Oculus action, but it also relates a very interesting story of an "attack plan" formulated by Carmack and Matt Hooper, a former id Software designer who joined Oculus VR shortly after Carmack.




The original lawsuit claimed that Carmack stole documents and source code that ended up being used in the Oculus Rift. He is said to be responsible for the Gear VR headset in large part; it is described as being powered by Oculus. Despite losing the case, Carmack still insists he's innocent of the accusations - and he will no doubt try to have a similar defense with this pending lawsuit.

For more on the ZeniMax/Oculus case, check out GameSpot's interview feature with Oculus VP Jason Rubin below. Samsung has yet to respond to ZeniMax's statements.

According to the lawsuit, which you can read in its entirety on Scribd, Carmack snuck Hooper into id's offices during after-hours to work on a mobile VR project that ended up becoming Samsung's Gear VR. But that jury didn't find Oculus guilty of trade secret misappropriation, and here, it will need to argue that Samsung was an accessory to Oculus' misconduct, not that it was directly stealing ZeniMax's code.

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