Last week, John Carmack’s former employee claimed he stole intellectual property that ultimately helped the Oculus Rift go from garage-based pipe dream into a working reality. On Monday, the company issued an official statement on the matter after briefly acknowledging it a few days ago.
Oculus VR said they were disappointed but not surprised by ZeniMax’s actions and aim to prove that all of their claims are false. Specifically, the Rift maker said there is not a line of ZeniMax code or any of its technology in any Oculus products.
What’s more, they say ZeniMax did not pursue claims against Oculus for IP or technology as ZeniMax claims. Oculus added that ZeniMax has never contributed any IP or technology to Oculus and only after the Facebook deal was announced did ZeniMax make claims through its lawyers.
Oculus also corroborated Carmack’s reason for leaving id Software last year. If you recall, the gaming pioneer revealed earlier this year that the company he helped co-found didn’t share his passion for virtual reality gaming and refused to invest the resources necessary to build VR into games like Doom 4 and Wolfenstein: The New Order.
Oculus also claims that ZeniMax pulled support for Doom 3 BFG when they wouldn’t agree to give ZeniMax an equity stake in their company. Ultimately, it may have all come down to money
For what it’s worth, the full Oculus SDK is available online for anyone that wants to check it out. If there’s any stolen code in there, surely someone on the Internet will find it and point it out, no?