In awarding ZeniMax $500 million, the jury also said that Oculus did not misappropriate trade secrets as contended by ZeniMax. Of the $500 million, Oculus is paying out $200 million for breaking the NDA and $50 million for copyright infringement. Oculus and Luckey each have to pay $50 million for false designation. And Iribe has to pay $150 million for the same, final count.
Ironically, Luckey's secret Reddit name when he was secretly financing a pro-Trump group was "NimbleRichMan" -- and this ruling seems likely to make him much less rich. And Oculus lost at least partly because the defense wasn't very nimble: Reportedly, VR pioneer Nonny de la Peña was not brought to testify on Oculus' behalf, even though her testimony would have refuted a key ZeniMax claim, that John Carmack (who once worked for ZeniMax), not Luckey, was the key developer of the first Rift prototype. Nonny knows otherwise:
Palmer Luckey was de la Peña’s intern at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies, learning and honing much of his VR abilities under her guidance. Working with de la Peña in 2012, Palmer Luckey originally built what would become a prototype for the Oculus Rift (nearly a year before his famous Kickstarter) for her acclaimed “Hunger LA” VR experience at the Sundance Film Festival.
And now, without her testimony, Oculus is probably out hundreds of millions of dollars.