A Dallas, Texas court awarded ZeniMax $500 million after finding that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey violated the NDA he signed with the company. Oculus will have to pay $200 million for breaking the NDA itself and $50 million for copyright infringement. Oculus and Luckey each have to pay $50 million for false designation, and Brendan Iribe, the other founder, has to pay $150 million for the same count.
“The heart of this case was about whether Oculus stole ZeniMax’s trade secrets, and the jury found decisively in our favor,” an Oculus spokesperson told Polygon. “We’re obviously disappointed by a few other aspects of today’s verdict, but we are undeterred. Oculus products are built with Oculus technology. Our commitment to the long-term success of VR remains the same, and the entire team will continue the work they’ve done since day one – developing VR technology that will transform the way people interact and communicate.”
ZeniMax commented that the company might be asking for Oculus Rift’s sale stop, at least for some time. Both John Carmack and Luckey were in the courtroom when the verdict was read.
Robert Altman, ZeniMax’s Chairman and CEO, added that “technology is the foundation of our business and we consider the theft of our intellectual property to be a serious matter. We appreciate the jury’s finding against the defendants, and the award of half a billion dollars in damages for those serious violations.”