Earlier this year a three year court battle between Bethesda’s parent company, Zenimax, and Facebook-owned VR company, Oculus VR, finally came to an end with the court ruling in favour of Zenimax. Now, the company is looking to halt sales of the Oculus Rift completely.
The court battle, which began in 2014, saw Zenimax alleging that Oculus “misappropriated Zenimax trade secrets”. Earlier this month that court battle came to an end when a jury ruled in favour of Zenimax awarding them a whopping $500 million in damages. However it doesn’t look like it’s ending there as the company are now looking to put a halt on Oculus sales.
According to a report from Upload VR, Zenimax is asking the court to halt sales on a worldwide basis. The injunction filed by Zenimax has been uploaded by Upload, a part of which reads:
“…permanently enjoined, on a worldwide basis, from using…any of the Copyrighted Materials, including but not limited to (i) system software for Oculus PC (including the Oculus PC SDK); (ii) system software for Oculus Mobile (including the Oculus Mobile SDK); (iii) Oculus integration with the Epic Games Unreal Engine; and (iv) Oculus integration with the Unity Technologies Unity Game Engine.”
That’s a pretty big kick in the teeth for Oculus who finally launched the Oculus Rift last year to much praise. Of course this injunction does require the court to once again rule in favour of Zenimax, and if they do, it’s pretty much game over for Oculus.
It’s worth noting that the jury’s ruling earlier this month wasn’t because they found that Oculus had stolen trade secrets, but rather that Oculus’ co-founder Palmer Luckey failed to to upheld a non-disclosure agreement, making Oculus liable as a result.
Not the first time Luckey has shot himself in the foot with Oculus.