John Carmack is the New CTO Of Oculus, Not Leaving id (UPDATED)

UPDATE (8/7/2013 7:27 AM PDT): According to the folks at Bethesda, Carmack has not left id Software. A representative gave us the following statement.

“John has long been interested in the work at Oculus VR and wishes to spend time on that project. The technical leadership he provides for games in development at id Software is unaffected.”

UPDATE 2 (8/7/2013 8:06 AM PDT):

id Software has confirmed the news as well.


Even Carmack weighed in!


With QuakeCon 2013 in the rearview mirror, we’ve been waiting from some big news from id Software. We thought it would be about Doom 4, but we were wrong.

This morning, the company behind the Oculus Rift headset (coincidentally named “Oculus”) announced that industry icon John Carmack would be joining their team as their new CTO. Carmack was an early promoter of the Oculus VR device, and in fact wrote some of the code to drive it.


While this news hit the internet like a bomb, it’s still unclear what this means for id Software. The press release says “John will be working from the new Oculus Dallas office that we’re opening soon,” but there’s no mention of Carmack leaving id. We’ve reached out to Bethesda to clarify the situation, and will update with any news we get.

For now, you can read the full press release on the Oculus website.

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