It’s been nearly five years, but ZeniMax’s lawsuit with Facebook over the development of the Oculus Rift headset is finally at an end.
ZeniMax announced Wednesday that it agreed to settle the suit. The terms of the settlement were not revealed.
ZeniMax originally sued Facebook in 2014 when John Carmack, one of the founders of ZeniMax-owned Id Software, left the company to partner with Palmer Luckey at Oculus. ZeniMax alleged that Carmack and Luckey used trade secrets in the development of the Oculus Rift.
In 2017, ZeniMax was awarded $500 million in damages for copyright infringement and breach of contract. At that time, ZeniMax asked for a motion to ban the sales of the Oculus Rift. Facebook appealed that decision, and in June, a district court judge cut the damages in half and threw out ZeniMax’s request to stop sales of the Rift. The suit was pending another appeal when the two companies decided to settle.
“We are pleased that a settlement has been reached and are fully satisfied by the outcome. While we dislike litigation, we will always vigorously defend against any infringement or misappropriation of our intellectual property by third parties,” ZeniMax CEO Robert Altman said in an official statement.
Besides the suit over the Oculus, ZeniMax had been in a legal battle with Carmack, who alleged the company owed him more than $22 million for the acquisition of Id. That suit was also settled earlier this year. ZeniMax is the parent company of a number of video game developers, including Bethesda Softworks and Arkane Studios, in addition to Id Software.