Various reports have surfaced indicating that ZeniMax has filed an injunction after winning their lawsuit against Oculus. The injunction could see various game sales being affected in their available for Oculus Rift headsets.
According to GamesIndustry.biz, they write…
“This injunction specifically relates to lines of code used by developers creating software for Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR. If the injunction takes effect, it will have an impact on which games can be sold for those devices.”
ZeniMax originally won the lawsuit against Oculus with the jury awarding them $500 million in the process due to finding Oculus guilty of copyright infringement.
Oculus wasn’t satisfied with the original result, and according to CNET they’re already in the process of filing an appeal to overturn the jury’s verdict…
“ZeniMax’s motion does not change the fact that the verdict was legally flawed and factually unwarranted,” “We look forward to filing our own motion to set aside the jury’s verdict and, if necessary, filing an appeal that will allow us to put this litigation behind us.”
The news has sort of bounced off most gamers with a shrug.
Oculus is owned by Facebook and there’s absolutely zero love from gamers for Facebook.
To make matters worse is that Oculus took a lot of steps to restrict and inhibit the growth of VR technology by signing lots of exclusivity deals, blocking apps and attempting to prevent Rift owners from accessing VR porn with the headset.
The whole thing has ultimately left a lot of people sour on the VR experience given that the headsets are already extremely expensive and the game offerings aren’t very good at the moment.
Technically, if ZeniMax does manage to block some sales of games for the Oculus Rift that they claim makes use of their copyrighted code, then it could effectively ruin the long-term market share of the Rift, giving Valve and HTC a lot of room to expand the market growth of the HTC Vive.