This eventually resulted in a lawsuit in which it seems that Facebook-owned Oculus is walking away the loser in this battle. This is because a Dallas, Texas jury found in favor of ZeniMax which resulted in a ruling that Oculus must now pay the company $500 million in damages, Breaking this down, Oculus has to pay $200 million for breaking the NDA and an additional $50 million for copyright infringement.
They are also expected to pay $50 million for false designation. Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey is also expected to pay $50 million for false designation, while Brendan Iribe, also the co-founder of Oculus, will have to fork out $150 million. Unsurprisingly Oculus plans to appeal the ruling.
In a statement provided to Polygon, a spokesperson said, “We’re obviously disappointed by a few other aspects of today’s verdict, but we are undeterred. Oculus products are built with Oculus technology. Our commitment to the long-term success of VR remains the same, and the entire team will continue the work they’ve done since day one – developing VR technology that will transform the way people interact and communicate.”
As for ZeniMax, they plan to pursue this further by seeking a temporary injunction on the Oculus Rift headsets.