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ZeniMax sues virtual reality startup Oculus headset technology


Videogame publisher ZeniMax Media Inc on Wednesday sued Oculus, alleging theft of trade secrets during development of a gaming headset by the virtual-reality startup that Facebook Inc has agreed to buy for $2 billion. ZeniMax and its subsidiary id Software Llc are suing Oculus and co-founder Palmer Luckey for, among other things, hiring away employees like well-known game programmer John Carmack to “surreptitiously gain further unauthorized access” to intellectual property, according to the lawsuit filed in a federal court in Texas. The case has gained wide attention partly because of the involvement of Carmack, credited with helping conceive of such groundbreaking titles as “Quake” and “Doom.” According to the lawsuit, Carmack, who now works with Oculus, may have provided valuable technology to Oculus VR as they collaborated on various projects.

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