id Software Co-Founder John Carmack Sues ZeniMax for More Than $22M Over Missing Payments
Not long after ZeniMax won a $500 million lawsuit against Oculus, which involved John Carmack among others, the id Software co-founder has sued his former studio’s parent company for over $22.5 million.
Carmack alleges that ZeniMax failed to pay him the final installment of his share of the $150 million that was owed following ZeniMax’s purchase of id Software in 2009. According to Dallas News, John Carmack says ZeniMax is refusing to pay him due to “sour grapes” and he’s not being allowed to convert the sum into stock either.
“Sour grapes is not an affirmative defense to breach of contract,” says the filing. “ZeniMax’s invocation of the same alleged acts that it just went to trial on is an exercise in bad faith and distraction.”
ZeniMax reached out to Dallas News and shot down Carmack’s claims. “Apparently lacking in remorse, and disregarding the evidence of his many faithless acts and violations of law, Mr. Carmack has decided to try again,” said a representative of the company.
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[Source: Dallas News]