Facebook is fighting claims that the Oculus Rift was built with stolen technology and promoted with a false origin story

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Facebook is fighting claims that the Oculus Rift was built with stolen technology and promoted with a false origin story

Postby Blue Jackets » Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:15 am

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... iful-story

ZeniMax, a Rockville, Maryland-based maker of interactive software and games, traces the roots of the fight to 2012. That’s when John Carmack, one of its employees and the designer of blockbuster games such as Doom and Quake, began corresponding with Oculus founder Palmer Luckey.

Then a college-age video game enthusiast living in Southern California, Luckey was working on a “primitive virtual reality headset” that he named the Rift. At the time, it was “a crude prototype that lacked a head mount, virtual-reality specific software, integrated motion sensors and other critical features and capabilities needed to create a viable product,” according to ZeniMax’s lawsuit.

ZeniMax contends Carmack was responsible for the breakthroughs that transformed the Rift into a “powerful immersive virtual reality experience.” But after Carmack and Luckey agreed to use the Rift to showcase a specially configured version of Doom 3 at a Los Angeles convention in 2012, relations between the startups quickly soured, according to ZeniMax.

Instead of discussing how Oculus would compensate ZeniMax, Luckey and Oculus’s then-Chief Executive Officer Brendan Iribe allegedly became “increasingly evasive and uncooperative.” Next, they hired Carmack, who is accused of copying thousands of documents from his computer at ZeniMax.

To cover its tracks, Oculus “disseminated to the press the false and fanciful story that Luckey was the brilliant inventor of VR technology who had developed that technology in his parent’s garage,” according to a ZeniMax court filing. “In fact, that story was utterly and completely false.”
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Postby Tyler » Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:02 am

Heard about this on my tech podcast during the summer. I specially remember being on a walk with Evie. It was really hot so we stopped at Dollar General to get drinks/snacks. It was right outside of DG that they were talking about the lawsuit.

Anyways... I hope ZeniMax's claims aren't true. The garage start up troupe is such a good one. You would think if it were true they would have gone after him earlier? Unless they knew it would make sense to wait until they had all the monies
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Facebook is fighting claims that the Oculus Rift was built with stolen technology and promoted with a false origin story

Postby Blue Jackets » Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:30 am

Oculus lawsuit ends with half billion dollar judgment awarded to ZeniMax

In awarding ZeniMax $500 million, the jury also said that Oculus did not misappropriate trade secrets as contended by ZeniMax.

ZeniMax was asking for $6 billion, so they got 1/12th of that.
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Facebook is fighting claims that the Oculus Rift was built with stolen technology and promoted with a false origin story

Postby Tyler » Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:00 am

Funny, I saw other headlines that said Oculus was guilty just because they had to pay.
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Facebook is fighting claims that the Oculus Rift was built with stolen technology and promoted with a false origin story

Postby Tyler » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:04 am

Dude is only 24

Oculus Co-Founder and Rift Creator Palmer Luckey Departs Facebook

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, the man behind the Rift concept and its first prototypes, is leaving the company three years after selling to Facebook.

According to Oculus, this will be Palmer’s last week with Friday marking his official last day as an employee of Facebook. In an official statement, the company said that:

“Palmer will be dearly missed. Palmer’s legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry. We’re thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR, and we wish him all the best.”
When asked if Luckey’s departure was voluntary, Facebook representatives declined to comment, citing a policy of not discussing internal personnel matters.

This revelation comes around one year after Luckey himself hand-delivered the first consumer Oculus Rift to a pre-order customer in Alaska. In just over 12 months, the 24-year-old transformed from the face of one of the tech world’s most well-known teams into a bit of a recluse, disappearing from public view during the 2016 US presidential election and emerging only for an appearance in court.

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