John Carmack, Designer Of “Doom,” Accused Of Plagiarizing Work On Oculus Rift!

Doom developer accused of theft

Music for DOOM Eternal was composed by Mick Gordon, who has since released a lengthy statement in which he claims that he was not paid for his work and that he was subjected to “over half” of his music for the game.

The statement, published on Gordon’s Medium page, also alleges that id Software Studio Director Marty Stratton “lied about the circumstances” of the DOOM Eternal soundtrack and used “disinformation and innuendo” in a post on the official DOOM subreddit to blame Gordon solely for the issues surrounding the release.

The deadline that Gordon was given to score two levels of DOOM Eternal per month was “tight, although not impossible,” but the difficulty of the work increased as more and more levels needed to be scored.

One of the game’s selling points, he says, was how well the music fit with the action as it was happening, so he says it “didn’t make sense” to include the full score for unfinished levels.

In addition, he claims that he was already behind schedule when he first started working on the soundtrack due to a contract delay on id Software’s end.

John Carmack, Designer Of Doom, Accused Of Plagiarizing Work On Oculus Rift!

Gordon also claimed that studio management had “unrealistic expectations” regarding the amount of work that needed to be done and how quickly it could be completed, and that communication was slow, with id sometimes taking more than a week to respond to “basic questions.”

Gordon says he proposed a more practical schedule to management but was overruled. The most egregious of Gordon’s claims is that he allegedly hadn’t been paid for 11 months beginning in January 2019 and that he still hasn’t been paid for “half” of the score.

The 286 minutes of audio Gordon says he produced for the game were used by id in the game, in marketing, and in updates, but he was only paid for the 142 minutes he was originally contracted to produce.

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In his statement, he elaborates on the problems he encountered with the official soundtrack release and the quality issues he sees as a reflection of his own work. Gordon claims that he is using the statement to “defend [himself],” and that despite being offered a six-figure sum to remain silent, “truth and honesty are more important.”

Doom Co-Creator Accused Of Stealing Technology From Id Software

The largest virtual reality business deal could be threatened by a battle over intellectual property.

In March, Facebook confirmed it had acquired Oculus VR, a developer of virtual reality headsets, for $2 billion. Now, the Wall Street Journal has learned of a separate company alleging that an Oculus employee stole its intellectual property to fuel the development of the headset.

Doom Co-Creator Accused Of Stealing Technology From Id Software

That worker is none other than John Carmack, the man responsible for such seminal series as the “Doom” and “Quake” series of games. Well-known for founding the id Software video game company and later leaving to join Oculus, John Carmack famously did just that in August.

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As reported by the Journal, attorneys for ZeniMax, the parent company of id Software, have written two letters to Oculus and Facebook in recent weeks.

The letters claim that Carmack “improperly took ZeniMax’s intellectual property with him to Oculus” and that the technology “propelled Oculus from a shoestring startup to technology’s big leagues in less than two years.”

Oculus said in an email, “It is unfortunate, but when there is this type of transaction, people come out of the woodwork with ridiculous and absurd claims.” We’re going to go to bat for Oculus and its backers as hard as we can.

Facebook did not want to talk about it. Gaming powerhouse ZeniMax, based in Maryland and responsible for such titles as “The Elder Scrolls,” confirmed to NBC News that “it recently sent formal notice of its legal rights to Oculus” in a lengthy statement sent to the network.

ZeniMax said it “will take the necessary action to protect its interests,” suggesting that formal legal action may be forthcoming.

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Doom co-creator and id Software founder John Carmack has been accused of IP theft for taking proprietary company technology with him when he left to work for Oculus VR.

Attorneys for Zenimax Media, the parent company of id Software, provided The Wall Street Journal with copies of the letters. “Mr. Carmack’s tireless efforts, utilizing technology developed over many years at and owned by ZeniMax, allowed [Oculus founder] Mr. Luckey to turn his garage-based pipe dream into a working reality.”

Oculus has denied the claims, telling Engadget, “It’s unfortunate, but when there’s this type of transaction, people come out of the woodwork with ridiculous and absurd claims. Defending Oculus and its investors will be a top priority for us, and we intend to do so aggressively.

In a statement to Engadget, Zenimax also confirmed that it had formally notified Oculus VR of its claims to ownership of key technology used by Oculus in the development and marketing of the Oculus Rift.

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