Facebook's Zuckerberg Appeared in Court Today in ZeniMax Case, Here's What He Said

[UPDATE] The New York Times attended the first day of the trial today, reporting that Zuckerberg wore a suit instead of his trademark hoodie and jeans. He also blasted the ZeniMax lawsuit and its claims.

“We are highly confident that Oculus products are built on Oculus technology,” the Facebook founder said. “The idea that Oculus products are based on someone else’s technology is just wrong.”

“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,” he added. “Like most people in the court, I’ve never even heard of ZeniMax before.”

Here are some other highlights from today’s proceedings, as relayed by NYT reporter Mike Isaac:

Lawyer, incredulously: “Your plan was to begin legal diligence on Friday, and sign the deal on monday.”

Zuckerberg: “Yep.”

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in evidence, pretty bad-looking text exchange between Zuckerberg and Amin Zoufounoun, his top deal maker.

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Amin to Zuck: “There are things they told us that are simply not true.”

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Zuck:”keep pushing forward until we have something we can sign on a moment’s notice, then we can figure out how long we wait for diligence.”

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Plaintiff’s Counsel: “How much did Carmack get from the deal?”

ZUCK: “A lot of money.”

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heated exchange.

Lawyer: “If you steal my bike, and you paint it and put a bell on it, does that make it your bike?”

Zuck: “No.”

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The original story is below.

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, is set to appear in court today, January 17, to defend his social media company and its subsidiary Oculus against claims they stole virtual reality technology.

The accusations come from ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Fallout publisher Bethesda and Doom developer Id Software. ZeniMax is suing Oculus and Facebook for $2 billion, the same figure Facebook bought Oculus for in 2014.

According to the BBC, Zuckerberg will argue that “ZeniMax was slow to appreciate the potential of VR–and that it was Oculus’ own work that made it the valuable technology it is today.”

Facebook's Zuckerberg Appeared in Court Today in ZeniMax Case, Here's What He Said
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

An Oculus spokesperson told the BBC, “We’re eager to present our case in court.”

“Oculus and its founders have invested a wealth of time and money in VR because we believe it can fundamentally transform the way people interact and communicate.

“We’re disappointed that another company is using wasteful litigation to attempt to take credit for technology that it did not have the vision, expertise, or patience to build.”

ZeniMax’s argument revolves around revered game programmer John Carmack, who had worked for ZeniMax from 2009, when the corporation acquired his studio Id Software for $405 million. In November 2013, he resigned to join Oculus full-time.

But for several months before his departure from Zenimax, Carmack was effectively working for both companies. A year prior to this, he was also helping build a virtual reality version of Doom 3 for Oculus VR.

ZeniMax alleges Carmack “copied thousands of documents from a computer at ZeniMax to a USB storage device.”

“He never returned those files or all copies of them after his employment with ZeniMax was terminated,” states the lawsuit (via Game Informer). Zenimax lawyer Tony Sammi has said the case is “one of the biggest technology heists ever.”

Facebook's Zuckerberg Appeared in Court Today in ZeniMax Case, Here's What He Said
Oculus chief technology officer and ex-ZeniMax employee John Carmack.

In a statement to Ars Technica, the Id and Bethesda parent said, “ZeniMax and Id Software welcome the opportunity to present substantial evidence of the Defendants’ misappropriation of our Virtual Reality (VR) intellectual property.

“That evidence includes the theft of trade secrets and highly confidential information, including computer code. ZeniMax will also present evidence of the Defendants’ intentional destruction of evidence to cover up their wrongdoing. ZeniMax and Id Software are the visionary developers of breakthrough VR technology and look forward to the vindication of our claims.”

Carmack testified last week, reportedly calling the case “absurd.” His comments reflect those of previous statements by Facebook and Oculus, who previously branded ZeniMax’s arguments as “ridiculous.” They later said it was ZeniMax’s attempt to rectify a “massive missed opportunity.”

The case is taking place in a Dallas, Texas court, and it is expected to last three weeks.

Disclosure: Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of GameSpot parent company CBS, is a member of the ZeniMax board of directors.

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IGN Prime Giveaway: Dreadnought PC Beta

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All progress will carry over into the open beta.

IGN Prime has partnered with GreyBox to give away 50,000 PC beta codes of Dreadnought to IGN Prime members during the month of January.

Dreadnought puts you in command of massive capital ships with earth-shaking weapons for tactical, 8v8 warfare in space. As a mercenary captain, your motivations are simple: help your teammates claim victory, reap the rewards of battle, and fearlessly build up your reputation.

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The PC closed beta of Dreadnought has entered its final phase, and we’re giving IGN Prime members a chance to experience the thrill of commanding their very own capital ships in battle before the upcoming PC open beta.

From this point on, all progress earned in the game, including XP, Credits, and ship unlocks, will be carried over into open beta without any resets — so now is the perfect time to take the helm and get a head start on the competition!

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Codes will be available Monday, January 17 on a first-come, first served basis to IGN prime members.

Every month, the IGN Prime team provides members an opportunity to grab great games picked by the Prime team. Check here for access to the Dreadnought closed beta!

Free Resident Evil 7 DLC Chapter Arrives This Spring

Not long after the game itself debuts, Capcom plans to offer a free piece of Resident Evil 7 DLC sometime this spring.

According to Japanese publication Famitsu (as translated by Gematsu), the DLC is called Not a Hero. It’s described as a short story scenario separate from that of the main game’s protagonist, Ethan. Further details were not revealed.

Capcom has already revealed other DLC for the game, including the preorder bonus Survival Pack that unlocks in-game items and an additional difficulty mode right from the start. A season pass is also on the way with additional, more meaningful content. A Steam page for it states two volumes of something called Banned Footage (which come to PS4 first) and another story episode are on the way, though specifics remains unknown.

Resident Evil 7 launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on January 24.

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Nintendo Explains Differences Between Switch, Wii U Versions of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

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Higher resolution and higher-quality sounds are among Switch’s advantages.

Nintendo has revealed the differences between the Switch and Wii U versions of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

In a statement provided to IGN, Nintendo explained the following “key facts” about each version:

  • Both launch on the same day, March 3.
  • Both have a frame rate of 30fps.
  • Both versions of the game offer the same content.
  • On a TV, the Nintendo Switch version of the game renders in 900p while the Wii U version renders in 720p.
  • The Nintendo Switch version has higher-quality environmental sounds. As a result, the sound of steps, water, grass, etc. are more realistic and enhance the game’s Open-Air feel.
  • The physical copy of the Wii U version will require 3GB of available memory on the Wii U system or an external drive.
  • Some icons, such as onscreen buttons, differ between the two versions.
  • A Special Edition and Master Edition of the Wii U version are not available.

 

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This list largely confirms what series producer Eiji Aonuma said at E3 2016, referring to Breath of the Wild as the “same experience” on both systems.

For more on Breath of the Wild, check out everything we know in our The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild wiki guide.

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Heroes of the Storm's Next Character, Giant Chicken Mount Previewed in New Video

Blizzard has provided a glimpse of new content on the way to Heroes of the Storm with a new video.

Most noteworthy is the next character, Valeera. She’s a Blood Elf from the Warcraft universe whom you might know best as the Rogue in Hearthstone. Based on the video, we can safely assume she is an Assassin. Her Trait, Vanish, allows her to stealth and gain movement speed. For the first second it’s activated, she’s can be revealed and can move through other units. More significantly, activating it gives her a different set of abilities while stealthed than she otherwise has access to.

Her abilities are already somewhat involved; five out of the six prove a combo point when used, which are then consumed when activating another of her abilities. Her standard moves include Blade Furry (deals damage around her) and Sinister Strike (Valeera dashes forward and deals damage; if she hits an enemy hero, she stops and the cooldown goes down to one second). Her other basic ability is Eviscerate, which consumes all of her combo points–up to three can be stored–to deal damage to an enemy. It deals more damage based on the number of combo points she has saved up.

After using Vanish, her abilities change to include Ambush (deals instant damage to an enemy), Cheap Shot (deals some damage and stuns an enemy), and Garrote (silences an enemy, deals some damage, and causes damage over time).

Valeera’s Heroic abilities include Smoke Bomb and Cloak of Shadows, neither of which breaks Vanish. Smoke Bomb marks an area with smoke for five seconds; while inside, she can move through other units, becomes Unrevealable, and takes 25 percent less damage–all while still being able to attack. Cloak of Shadows removes any damage over time she’s suffering from and, for one second, makes her Unstoppable and causes her to take 75 percent less damage from abilities.

Valeera is available today on the public test realm as part of a newly released update. This makes some balance changes to existing characters, the most significant of which are for Rexxar and Tassadar. Rexxar’s changes are in large part to improve his bear companion, Misha, and make her easier to control. Tassadar receives a more wide-ranging overhaul: His basic attack changes to a channeling one that slows enemies, while his Trait has a lower cooldown and no longer costs mana. His abilities are also mostly buffed across the board, while his talents have also changed to compensate for all of this.

Also in the PTR update are some of the new skins and mounts on display in the video. Valeera has one that makes her look like a Demon Hunter from World of Warcraft‘s Legion expansion. The new mounts include a wisp of smoke (the Nimbus Cloud) and a giant walking chicken, which comes in two variants: the Lunar Rooster and Golden Rooster.

The Golden Rooster is only available for purchase with gold, while the Lunar Rooster serves as a reward for an upcoming Lunar Festival event. At the start of each match between January 24 and February 14, players will have a chance to take part in the Rooster Race. This involves collecting items and delivering them to a rooster to help it move. The first time you do this during the event, you’ll receive 200 gold. Completing 25 races during the event nets you a Lunar Rooster Portrait and the Lunar Rooster mount.

You can check out the full PTR patch notes here.

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