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Carmack and Zenimax's legal dispute over id Software resolved, Oculus appeal continues

Zenimax "fully satisfied their obligations" and both parties have released claims against each other.

Ars Technica

One of the gaming industry's most unfortunate ongoing blemishes has come to an end. John Carmack and Zenimax's dispute over the purchase of Id Software is resolved, as Zenimax satisfies their obligations and the two parties release claims on each other.

Carmack's saga with Oculus has been a turbulent one, legally, and one of the most shaky elements stems from a lawsuit he filed back in 2017 that also ties in to his role there. Then, Carmack sued Zenimax for $22.5 million over the Id Software sale, stating money was not paid to him when Zenimax acquired the company in 2009. The claim stated that, after converting half of the $45.1 million paid to Carmack into Zenimax shares, the remaining half was unpaid because of another dispute between Zenimix and Carmack's new home Oculus.

It's not clear in what way Zenimax honored the deal, but this particular branch in the saga is over. The dispute between Oculus and Zenimax over copyright infringement continues forward, however. Most recently, Oculus' copyright payout to Zenimax was halved. Facebook's President stated it was "a positive step toward a fair resolution." Stay tuned for additional updates. 

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