A Dallas, Texas jury today awarded half a billion dollars to ZeniMax after finding that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, and by extension Oculus, failed to comply with a non-disclosure agreement he signed.TV:
In awarding ZeniMax $500 million, the jury also said that Oculus did not misappropriate trade secrets as contended by ZeniMax.
One of the trial’s central questions was whether Luckey had the technical expertise to make the Rift work without ZeniMax’s code. The complaint argued that he had created a barely functioning prototype that Carmack greatly refined — among other things, it said the Rift’s software development kit was adapted from ZeniMax technology. Oculus, meanwhile, defended Luckey’s reputation as a young genius with great technical aptitude.