ZeniMax settles VR lawsuit with Facebook


ZeniMax dislikes litigation, it says in a statement.

ZeniMax today announced it has agreed to settle ligation brought against Facebook, Oculus and others “for the unlawful misappropriation of its breakthrough VR technology that ZeniMax had developed.”

The case, tried in the Federal District Court in Dallas in January 2017, resulted in a jury awarding a verdict in favour of ZeniMax to the tune of $500,000,000 USD, alongside other relief. The District Court reduced that amount to $250,000,000 USD, and the parties appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The appeal was pending when the ZeniMax reached a settlement with Facebook; the terms of the settlement are confidential.

“We are pleased that a settlement has been reached and are fully satisfied by the outcome,” Robert Altman, ZeniMax’s Chairman and CEO, said. “While we dislike litigation, we will always vigorously defend against any infringement or misappropriation of our intellectual property by third parties.”

ZeniMax might dislike litigation, but it certainly doesn’t shy away from it — child company Bethesda made headlines when it threatened to sue a gamer who attempted to sell an unopened copy of The Evil Within 2 labelled as new.

“Unless you remove all Bethesda products, from your storefront, stop selling any and all Bethesda products immediately and identify all sources of Bethesda products you are selling, we intend to file a lawsuit against you,” a letter from Bethesda to the seller read., adding that a lawsuit would seek “disgorgement of profits, compensatory damages, attorneys’ fees and investigative and other costs.”

Considering the beating that Bethesda is taking over the beleaguered Fallout 76, we suppose it’s nice to see it and ZeniMax chalk up a win somewhere.