*Update: *The following update was sent to us by Oculus regarding the suit, and the original story is found below.
This complaint filed by ZeniMax is one-sided and conveys only ZeniMax's interpretation of the story. We continue to believe this case has no merit, and we will address all of ZeniMax's allegations in court.
The lawsuit over virtual reality technology involving ZeniMax and Oculus is heating up, with statements filed by the former specifically calling out parties of the latter, including Brendan Iribe, John Carmack, Palmer Luckey and Facebook.
The entire statement can be found here, wherein ZeniMax recently updated their initial claims to include direct accusations in what is shaping up to be a rather ugly lawsuit. The original report comes to us via Gameinformer, who noticed the alterations to the claim earlier this week.
When this lawsuit first got rolling, the accusations were pretty vague. In short, ZeniMax was accusing Oculus, in general, of allegedly stealing VR technology.
Now that the rather lengthy document has been updated, it includes more pointed claims, naming Oculus party members specifically. It is important to note that all claims filed by ZeniMax are allegations at this point and nothing has been proven one way or the other. Also, Oculus has not made a response to said claims, meaning that the story so far is extremely one-sided. Further details are expected as the suit unfolds.
For now, though, ZeniMax has made it clear that a handful of people, in particular, are the subject of their claims.
For starters, ZeniMax is alleging that John Carmack, who used to work for id Software (owned by ZeniMax), stole information pertaining to VR technology before hitting the road for Oculus. The suit claims that Carmack stole "thousands of documents" dealing with VR technology by loading them onto a USB drive. After that, the suit claims that Carmack returned to take a device that is specifically used for the development of VR technology.
From there, the lawsuit claims that Brendan Iribe and Palmer Luckey got involved in the alleged deception. The claim is that Iribe basically helped build up the idea that Luckey invented the technology leading to the Oculus Rift, making him seem like a "brilliant inventor." The claim goes one step further, challenging Luckey's skills in programming as well as his ability to create something as sophisticated as the Oculus Rift.
To cap all of that off, the suit goes on to claim that Facebook, who now owns Oculus, therefore either knew or had reason to know all of these facts, and is therefore guilty by association.
Those are some very serious accusations on the part of ZeniMax, but it doesn't look like we'll see Oculus' side of the story unless this whole mess goes to trial. ZeniMax is seeking to have this case heard by jury, though no specific damages have been pinpointed at this time. ZeniMax, instead, wishes the damages to be determined within the courtroom.
This suit kicked off last year and, at this point, we're not expecting it to move along all that quickly. It could be a while before we see some resolution or have answers to ZeniMax's accusations.