The case between ZeniMax and Oculus over how the VR company acquired information used to build the Rift has come to an end. The case ruled that Oculus VR did not misappropriate trade secrets or technology used in the building of the Rift.
However, the jury also ruled in favour of ZeniMax when it came to NDA’s. Oculus founder Palmer Luckey violated terms of a non-disclosure agreement which in turn implicated Oculus by extension.
The ruling awarded ZeniMax $500 million for the NDA violation. That amount will be taken from multiple sources.
- Oculus will pay $200 million for violating its NDA and another $50 million for copyright infringement
- Oculus and Palmer Luckey will pay $50 million each for false designation
- Ex-Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe will pay $150 million for false designation
Oculus was acquired by Facebook so while the decision isn’t great news for the company, it is hardly an amount that will cause any lasting discomfort.
The case was approved to go forward in January 2016 so the closing of the case has been over a year in the making.