John Carmack

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John Carmack is a game programmer, and the co-founder of id Software, a pioneer of the video game industry with titles such as Doom and Quake. Id Software was later purchased by ZeniMax Media, and he remained the studio head until November 2013[1]

He is also the CTO of Oculus Rift, a project to bring VR headsets to the masses, later leaving Id to focus on this full time.[2]. Zenimax and ID filed suit against Carmack in 2016 alleging amongst other claims that he had stolen Zenimax owned code and tools when he moved to Oculus, and that he had breached the non compete clause of his employment contract by recruiting Id and Zenimax employees for Oculus.[3]

John Carmack has in the past been linked to a proposed Fallout game for the iPhone, which was released on iOS and Android devices in 2015.

Employment historyEdit

19902013id SoftwareStudio Head
2013currentOculus RiftChief Technology Officer


Other workEdit

YearTitleCredited as/for


  1. id Software cofounder John Carmack leaves company - Ars Technica
  2. id Software cofounder John Carmack leaves company - Ars Technica
  3. Case 3:14-cv-01849-K Document 610, Filed 08/16/16

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