Today it was revealed that Oculus has been ordered to pay half a billion dollars in damages to ZeniMax Media, a game publisher (including Doom, Quake, and Rage) who accused the VR manufacturer of stealing trade secrets to develop the Oculus Rift.
However, the Texas jury didn’t find Oculus guilty on that case.
They awarded ZeniMax Media with the $500 million in damages (around £385m) due to a broken NDA, as well as copyright and trademark infringement.
This may seem like a lot, however, ZeniMax was original seeking for a total of $4 billion. Oculus has said that it plans to appeal this ruling, and for good reason.
$500 million is a lot of damages to pay, especially considering that Facebook spent $2 billion to purchase Oculus back in 2014.
ZeniMax has also stated that they may seek a court order to temporarily prevents Oculus and Facebook from selling the Rift to Polygon, however, we don’t know how soon that would become a reality. They did state the following:
“We will consider what further steps we need to take to ensure there will be no ongoing use of our misappropriated technology, including by seeking an injunction to restrain Oculus and Facebook from their ongoing use of computer code that the jury found infringed ZeniMax’s copyrights.”
If it does, it could mean bad news for Oculus, who have already been working hard to get the Oculus Rift into the mainstream, possibly losing sales for some time could damage those efforts heavily.
We will keep you updated as we hear more about this case.