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Mark Zuckerberg to testify today in $2 billion Oculus VR lawsuit

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The Oculus VR ZeniMax vs. Facebook lawsuit reaches a pivotal point today when Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg takes the stand. Zenimax accused Facebook of purchasing stolen technology. "Facebook tried to argue that Zuckerberg shouldn't have to answer questions about his acquisition of Oculus, but the case's judge overruled the request," reports Business Insider.

Facebook bought the Oculus Rift for $2 billion in April 2014; $400 million in cash and the rest in stocks. ZeniMax claims that Oculus stole their VR trade secrets (and later destroyed evidence) by hiring John Carmack as the company's Chief Technology Officer, as well as four other ZeniMax employees. Carmack was the co-founder of id Software (Doom, Quake), a subsidiary of ZeniMax since June 2009.

Business Insider has been covering the public trial that started last week Monday and reports that according to ZeniMax, "Carmack violated his employee agreement with ZeniMax by sharing confidential information that Oculus then used as the basis for its VR software. A lawyer representing ZeniMax, Tony Sammi, went so far as to call Facebook's acquisition of Oculus "one of the biggest technology heists ever" during opening remarks to the jury on January 10."

A Facebook represented told Business Insider that "We're disappointed that another company is using wasteful litigation to attempt to take credit for technology that it did not have the vision, expertise, or patience to build.”

Did Carmack and the other four employees sign a restraint of trade with ZeniMax? Is ZeniMax trying to capitalize on VR now while they previously thought it was a waste of time and resources? A jury will soon decide.

Source: Business Insider

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