ZeniMax Files for an Injunction to Permanently Halt Oculus Rift Sales
ZeniMax files for an injunction to permanently halt Oculus Rift sales following their victory in court over stolen intellectual property. Here’s what happened and what it means for the future.
After an ugly courtroom battle over stolen concepts and questionable use of resources, ZeniMax cashed in when they took Oculus to court over copyright infringement and contract breaches. Though the original suit was for six billion dollars, the end result only costed the Oculus VR team 500 million, and the opposing company was found not guilty for theft – though still guilty of breaching their Non-Disclosure Agreement between the two companies. The general breakdown of what ZeniMax acquired is as follows:
- $200 million for breaking NDA
- $50 million for copyright infringement
- $50 million for false designation
- $150 million from former CEO Brendan Iribe, $50 million from Luckey
After their victory in court, no one in the industry should be shocked to learn that ZeniMax has officially appealed to the court asking to permanently halt all sales regarding the Oculus Rift VR. Given that the company was found guilty of misuse of information and the fact that ZeniMax has their hands in powerful companies all over the world, this is a distinct possibility.
What would this injunction affect, exactly? According to the court ruling and ZeniMax’s claim, this injunction would stop sales on anything found to be using their code which includes more than one piece of Oculus property including:
- VR Headset
- Software for the headset for cross-engine use
Though not likely, there is still the slight possibility that ZeniMax’s injunction could be denied. If that turns out to be the case, not all is lost for the company. The next step would then be to seek out royalties for any future Oculus VR sales. No matter what the immediate future holds, Oculus has already made it clear they intend to fight no matter what route ZeniMax takes. Short of completely dropping the issue altogether, the fight between the two companies will continue.
Need a little backstory on how the initial lawsuit went down? We have a play-by-play that you can see for yourself right here. What are your thoughts on the legal battle between the two companies? Let’s be honest, 5,000,000 USD is nothing to the Oculus brand but the damage to reputation and interference with future Oculus Rift sales could definitely present a problem. Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for gaming and entertainment news live 24/7!
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With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Mass Effect, Liana has been an avid collector of gaming and comic memorabilia for well over two decades. With a passion for writing, gaming, and comics - she is currently working as Editor-in-Chief for the revival of Prima Games, with previous managing editor experience with several gaming publications including ComicBook.com, The Hollywood Reporter, TwinGalaxies, and other outlets. She is also the Co-Owner and Managing Editor for DFTG. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, as well as several Facebook communities online.