Oculus, the technology start-up that
"There is not a line of ZeniMax code or any of its technology in these or any other Oculus products," Oculus said in documents filed in a
"Only after the
ZeniMax and its subsidiary, id Software, sued Oculus and co-founder
Carmack helped conceive ground-breaking game titles such as "Quake" and "Doom" for id Software before it was acquired by ZeniMax.
In ZeniMax's lawsuit, the publisher alleged Carmack, chief technology officer at Oculus, may have provided valuable technology to his current employer.
Oculus responded in court documents that Luckey had publicly demonstrated his virtual reality headset prototypes even before making first contact with ZeniMax or Carmack. It also cited an e-mail and online post by Carmack in which he credited Luckey as the inventor of the Rift headset by Oculus.
In 2012, Oculus noted, Carmack asked Luckey to give him a prototype as he was interested in demonstrating his video game software on it at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, an annual video game industry convention, according to Oculus' filing.
"Carmack offered Luckey the 'VR Testbed', a small portion of an existing video game that Carmack previously had developed to work with head-mounted displays," Oculus said in its filing. A non-disclosure agreement in relation to the video game software was signed by Luckey but never finalised, it said.
As Oculus continued to develop its Rift prototypes, it designed the hardware components and developed or licensed its own software, Oculus said. "Oculus
Oculus declined to comment and a spokesperson for ZeniMax could not be immediately reached.
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