Oculus CTO John Carmack is suing ZeniMax for $22.5 million


John Carmack, co-founder of id Software and one of the key designers involved in the Oculus Rift, is taking his former employer Zenimax to court for “more than $22.5 million”, reports Dallas News.

Carmack said ZeniMax owes him money from the sale of id Software to ZeniMax in 2009. Carmack left id Software in 2013 to join Oculus.

According to his lawsuit, Zenimax provided Carmack in his role as the majority shareholder of if Software a promissory note to the tune of $45.1 million. He converted half of it into ZeniMax shares in 2011, but says he hasn’t received the rest of it despite asking nicely. The lawsuit is a little spicy, stating, “Sour grapes is not an affirmative defense to breach of contract.”

When ZeniMax bought id Software in 2009, it agreed to pay a total of $150 million for that purchase. Now that the final installment of that bill is coming due, ZeniMax is simply refusing to pay. But sour grapes is not an affirmative defense to breach of contract. This Court should enter judgment against ZeniMax for all the money that it agreed to pay Mr. Carmack for the sale of his former company.

A ZeniMax spokesperson said in a statement to Dallas Morning News that Carmack’s claims are “completely without merit.”

“Apparently lacking in remorse, and disregarding the evidence of his many faithless acts and violations of law, Mr. Carmack has decided to try again,” the statement said.

Go to Dallas Morning News to get the full story.

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