A lot of people have long predicted that VR would be the next big thing, even before Facebook actually acquired the Oculus Rift, especially this year. Nobody expected that it would be something this big, and it reviving, a ?dead? concept, would actually manage to work.
However, not everyone is happy about the purchase, and let alone, Oculus Rift?s success. Especially, in a harsh reality where there?s some serious money to be made out from the technology. ? ?Certain? groups of people?s attention will be all eyes and ears, everywhere.
One of these entities is Zenimax Media. Seriously. A big company like this one is chasing after Oculus Rift?s trip to victory for some reason. Zenimax Media is the parent company of other well-known companies like Bethesda and id Software.? Now why would they be after Oculus Rift? Simple. It is because John Carmack, Chief Technology Officer and Oculus Rift?s long-time supporter, happens to be an ex-employee of Zenimax Media.
?It was only through the concerted efforts of Mr. Carmack, using technology developed over many years at, and owned by, ZeniMax, that Mr. Luckey was able to transform his garage-based pipe dream into a working reality.? Zenimax Media states.
Without batting an eye for sure, Carmack was quick to react to this claim and tweeted his thoughts about Zenimax Media?s accusations right away.
?No work I have ever done has been patented. Zenimax owns the code that I wrote, but they don’t own VR.?
Zenimax is, however, still firm with their claims and even mention that the ?Co-founder of Oculus Rift, Palmer Luckey, even acknowledged Zenimax?s ?ownership? of the technology in the form of a formal writing. Distribution or sharing of the technology is also not going to be allowed unless Zenimax is authorized or gets compensated for it. This makes ?things a bit fishy, especially after Facebook?s purchase. Surely enough, Facebook doesn?t intend to use Oculus for NON-gaming related matters.
If what Zenimax?s saying is true, then Oculus and Facebook are in for a rough ride. Sony?s Morpheus (the direct competitor of Oculus VR) will also get the bigger share of the spotlight.