In what seems to be an ongoing feud between ZeniMax, Oculus and John Carmack things have just started to heat up again.
Co-founder of id Software and now CTO of Oculus, John Carmack has filed a $22.5 million suit against ZeniMax Media for money not paid when the company bought id Software back in 2009.
The suit was filed in the Northern District of Texas alleges that ZeniMax paid $150 million of id Software and that Carmack, as majority shareholder, received $45.1 million. Half of that was converted into ZeniMax shares, those he received. However, Carmack is saying that ZeniMax has refused to pay the remaining part in shares or cash because of him leaving to go to Oculus in 2013 which in turn caused additional lawsuits between the groups. In those lawsuits, ZeniMax was awarded $500 million for a breach of NDA. The suit seeks additional money claiming “Sour grapes is not an affirmative defence to breach of contract.”
ZeniMax told the Dallas Morning News in a statement that the claims were
Completely without merit.
Apparently lacking in remorse, and disregarding the evidence of his many faithless acts and violations of law, Mr. Carmack has decided to try again.
Carmack himself tweeted
Zenimax agreed to pay $150M for Id Software. They haven't paid. They also spent the last year suing me, but got zero damages.
— John Carmack (@ID_AA_Carmack) March 10, 2017