Court Subpoenas Samsung in Oculus Case

Published: October 30, 2016 12:49 PM /



A lawsuit regarding VR systems has just been updated with new information. The dispute between ZeniMax and Oculus has been raging for years at this point. Now, a new development has forced a third party to give up sensitive documents.

ZeniMax filed the initial lawsuit. They sued Oculus VR for theft. ZeniMax claims that John Carmack, head of Oculus and co-founder of id Software, stole their technology for their Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. ZeniMax is the parent company of id Software, as well as Bethesda.


However, Samsung received source code and tech from Oculus VR in 2014 to help build their own Gear VR headset. Because of this, ZeniMax wants information from Samsung regarding the code and tech. As of October 27th, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Stickney granted the request. The courts have now given Samsung a subpoena, and they now have three weeks to comply.

In addition to this subpoena, the judge has ordered more information from Oculus itself. The company has two weeks to provide an image of the hard drive of John Carmack for information. That being said, the judge is ruling that ZeniMax may not have direct access to the drive or other devices.

Oculus has yet to respond to the subpoena.

Quick Take

To be honest, this is a very interesting case to watch develop. At first, I thought that ZeniMax was just bullying other companies. It reminded me of when they went after Mojang over the name Scrolls. However, getting this information could prove to be damaging for John Carmack! Time will tell what ZeniMax finds on the hard drives. What do you guys think of all this? Do you think that John Carmack could have stolen technology from the company he worked for? Or is ZeniMax just trying to push its clout around? Let us know below!

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Connor Foss
| Staff Writer

Former TechRaptor Staff Writer, who also does translation work between English and Spanish. You can usually find me playing horror games or Zelda!