ZeniMax gets $500 million dollar judgement in Facebook Oculus virtual reality case
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Raymond Bakker
Thursday February 2nd 2017 - 11:06 GMT
ZeniMax gets $500 million dollar judgement in Facebook Oculus virtual reality case
by
Raymond Bakker
Thursday 2 February 2017 - 11:06 GMT

In the recent ZeniMax vs Facebook Oculus virtual reality case a Texas jury has awarded ZeniMax $500 million dollars after finding Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey failed to comply with a non-disclosure agreement.


The new ruling is the next chapter in the case that featured a three-week trial to get facts properly examined. In the case ZeniMax demanded $6 billion dollars in damages over the use of trade secrets to develop the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
In the new judgement the jury focused on Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey breaking a non-disclosure agreement that he signed. According to the jury Oculus did, however, not use trade secrets to develop their virtual reality headset as claimed by ZeniMax.

The $500 million dollars judgement is comprised of $200 million dollars for breaking the agreement, $100 million dollars for copyright infringement, $200 million dollars for false designation.

With the new judgement ZeniMax states that it is looking into stopping the sales of the Oculus virtual reality headset. Whether that will actually happen is still unknown.

An Oculus spokesperson has confirmed that the company will be appealing the verdict.
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About the author
Raymond Bakker
Journalist and Software Developer at Moonlight Multimedia, covering the latest video games news from indie to virtual reality, IT news and legal news. He has been actively involved in the video games industry since the early 2000s.

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