Friday March 10, 2017

John Carmack Sues Zenimax for Sale of ID Software

The Zenimax vs Carmack saga rolls on as John Carmack was denied the right to receive the remaining $22.5 million in cash owed to him for the sale of id Software to Zenimax in 2009 or convert it to Zenimax stock according to a legal challenge filed in Dallas, TX court on March 7, 2017. Zenimax is alleged to be withholding funds from Carmack because of the intellectual property lawsuit in which Zenimax was successful in suing Oculus, Palmer Luckey, Facebook, and John Carmack for $500 million. John Carmack states that the jury in the case found him not liable for misappropriation of trade secrets or copyright infringement. He says "Sour grapes is not an affirmative defense to breach of contract." Carmack goes on to assert that "ZeniMax's invocation of the same alleged acts that it just went to trial on is an exercise in bad faith and distraction, not a legitimate basis to avoid paying the money it owes from its purchase of id Software."

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Seems like Zenimax is trying to antagonize John Carmack. This sounds similar to the Activision vs Infinity Ward case where the parent company just never wants to give you up. They never want to let you go. They never want to pay what you're owed and fear having to compete against you. Pay the man and move on Zenimax. If you owe him, then pay him.

A spokeswoman for ZeniMax sent an email to The Dallas Morning News calling the claims "completely without merit" and noting that a court had rejected a previous claim by Carmack that ZeniMax had violated his employment agreement.

"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.