John Carmack settles legal battle with ZeniMax


Id Software founder John Carmack has announced that he has settled his legal battle with ZeniMax Media, parent company of Bethesda. 

Carmack tweeted the message: “My personal legal disputes are over — Zenimax has fully satisfied their obligations to me from the purchase of Id Software, and we have released all claims against each other. (The appeal for Oculus still goes forward).” 

In March 2017, Carmack sued ZeniMax, which acquired his legendary developer id Software in 2009, alleging that the company owed him $22.5 million pertaining to the acquisition. That legal action, at least, appears now to have been settled to his satisfaction, but as he mentioned in his tweet, another one rumbles on. 

Carmack left ZeniMax Media for Oculus in 2013, and in 2014, ZeniMax sued Oculus, claiming that Carmack began developing technology crucial to the Oculus Rift while he was still employed by ZeniMax. In 2016, that case came to its conclusion in ZeniMax’s favour, with a Texas jury awarding an eye-watering $500 million to ZeniMax. Oculus, unsurprisingly, appealed the decision, and that appeal is still ongoing.

As yet, there is no indication as to when Oculus’ appeal against the$500 million award will come to its conclusion. However, we’ll bring you any further news as it emerges.