ZaniMax Once Again Returning To Court Against Another VR Company


Even though it already won a huge settlement against Oculus earlier this year – to the tune of $500 million – ZeniMax isn't done with dealing with virtual reality companies in court.

The company has recently filed a lawsuit against Samsung in relation to its Gear VR headset. The documents indicate that the tech is actually based upon the company's intellectual property, which was shared by id Software co-founder John Carmack – who later joined Oculus. This, as a result, appears to be some kind of breach of a non-disclosure agreement, to which ZeniMax believes it's due damage.

The lawsuit also noted that Samsung "has used, and continues to utilize, ZeniMax's VR technology (or derivatives thereof) that was misappropriated by Oculus (now owned by Facebook) in its Samsung Gear VR which continues to be 'powered by Oculus'."

The company is seeking damages, court costs and "all other relief to which ZeniMax is entitled," as part of compensation. "Without this relief, Samsung will continue to profit unjustly at ZeniMax's expense."

Carmack was also heavily involved with the last lawsuit that ZenIMax won, since he was accused of taking code and a tool used for developing virtual reality. 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. That said, the jury did previously find Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey guilty of violating terms of an NDS, even if "misappropriate trade secrets" weren't leaked.

Samsung hasn't provided any sort of response regarding the lawsuit, but more than likely, it may make a statement before proceedings begin. It's unknown what exact amount ZeniMax could be seeking out.

ZeniMax is currently seeing some strong things on the business side as well, as Bethesda, a company it owns, recently released Prey for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC; and we're just weeks away from seeing what the company has planned for the rest of the year, with its pre-E3 press conference, set to take place on Sunday evening, June 11th. Some surprises could be in store.


We'll let you know how the lawsuit goes along as it proceeds.