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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Testifies In Oculus And ZeniMax Trial

by Kyle Hilliard on Jan 17, 2017 at 02:40 PM

ZeniMax's trial against Oculus has made its way to court, and the bigger names of the affiliated companies are coming out to testify. Today, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg appeared in court to defend Oculus. Zuckerberg's appearance also served as an opportunity to to hear Zuckerberg's opinion on his investment.

The New York Times, reporting on the trial, quoted Zuckerberg saying, "I don’t think that good virtual reality is fully there yet. It’s going to take five or 10 more years of development before we get to where we all want to go.”

Regarding the trial, however, Zuckerberg expressed confidence in his company's position. ZeniMax claims that upon departure, John Carmack misappropriated its property, using company secrets to further Oculus' technology. “We are highly confident that Oculus products are built on Oculus technology. The idea that Oculus products are based on someone else’s technology is just wrong.” Zuckerberg said at the trial.

Zuckerberg further defended his company's position when ZeniMax accused him of purchasing Oculus without giving the sale the necessary time and research, and not affording its lawsuit the proper attention. “It is pretty common when you announce a big deal or do something that all kinds of people just kind of come out of the woodwork and claim that they just own some portion of the deal,” Zuckerberg said. “Like most people in the court, I’ve never even heard of ZeniMax before.”

For more details on the lawsuit and what has lead to this point, head here.

[Source: New York Times]


Our Take
Yesterday, ZeniMax issued a statement representing a great deal of confidence in its position in the trial. Here, Zuckerberg seems to be showcasing a similar level of confidence. This trial has the potential to get heated, though you could make an argument that it already has.