Zenimax announced in a press release that the company, which owns Bethesda, has come to a settlement with Oculus (owned by Facebook).
In short, the lawsuit happened because John Carmack, the father of FPS games at id Software, has moved to Oculus, and he took technology with him that was owned by Zenimax (Zenimax > Bethesda > id Software). The Oculus/Facebook duo got a half-billion dollar fine, which was halved to 250 million at a later judgment. Now, the two parties have managed to conclude with a settlement.
The details were not announced (it’s likely an industrial secret…), but Robert Altman, the CEO and chairman of Zenimax, has said the following: „We are pleased that a settlement has been reached and are fully satisfied by the outcome. While we dislike litigation, we will always vigorously defend against any infringement or misappropriation of our intellectual property by third parties.”
Now, Zenimax can lay its eyes on Samsung – they initiated a lawsuit against the South Korean company in May 2017 because of the Samsung Gear VR. Carmack and Matt Hooper, creative director at id Software, worked on the plans of a mobile VR device, which became the Gear VR. Despite Samsung openly stating that it is „powered by Oculus,” Zenimax does not tolerate the situation…