Earlier this year ZeniMax managed to win a $500 million outcome on its lawsuit against the Facebook-owned Oculus for illegally using its VR technology. A staggering amount of money, offset by the equally staggering fact that for Facebook that figure isn't enough to cause any major damage to its brand. But, that's just the opening salvo as ZeniMax are looking to block sales of Oculus Rifts or impose a 10-year 20% royalty fee. Plus, increase the damages to... 1 billion dollars.
Bonus points if you read that last bit in the voice of Dr. Evil.
According to the latest developments, thanks to ArsTechnica
US District Judge Ed Kinkeade of the Southern District of Texas heard arguments in that injunction case Tuesday, and he also addressed a ZeniMax request for an additional $500 million in false designation damages and lawyer's fees. In court filings, ZeniMax argues that "the jury verdict clearly establishes that Oculus wrongly obtained ZeniMax VR technology under the NDA and used it... to establish a business that would not have existed without ZeniMax."
In its defense Oculus points to the fact that ZeniMax currently doesn't offer any products that directly compete with the Rift, and that because the original events
that led to the current situation happened years ago, well, its too late. Plus, it claims that ZeniMax hasn't been able to offer any evidence of current Oculus source code that infringes on the early code that the jury found to infringe on ZeniMax's copyright.
And to think, we didn't know if we'd ever be able to run on our go-to Oculus header pic.