FILE - In this June 11, 2015 file photo, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey holds up the new Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for photographers following a news conference in San Francisco. Luckey is leaving the company. Facebook did not give a reason for Luckey's departure. His last day is Friday, March 31, 2017.
Many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and developers haven't taken too kindly to the news that Palmer Luckey -- the 24-year-old co-founder of Oculus VR and creator of Oculus Rift -- has been secretly backing a pro-Donald Trump group dedicated to "shitposting" and creating viral anti-Hillary Clinton memes. According to several media reports, Luckey's anti-Clinton stance and speculation over his possible association with the prominent alt-right spokesman Milo Yiannopoulos -- who was recently banned from Twitter for allegedly inciting trolls to verbally harass "Ghostbusters" actress Leslie Jones -- has led several developers to distance themselves from the VR company. "Hey Oculus, Palmer Luckey's actions are unacceptable," Tomorrow Today Labs, a Seattle-based VR videos games company currently working on an unannounced VR game, wrote in a tweet Friday. Scruta Games, another developer that employs VR, also voiced its discontent on Twitter, stating that it would cancel Oculus support for its games until Luckey steps down from his position at the company. He is free to vote for whoever he pleases.
Palmer Luckey may have founded Oculus, but he stayed away from today's big Oculus Connect event after stirring up some trouble recently. Late last month, it was discovered that Luckey donated 10,000 to an anti-Hillary Clinton group that wanted to take some garbage Reddit-style harassment memes and get them into the mainstream via billboards and other prominent messages (something it has failed to do thus far). He apologized, but plenty of developers and Oculus supporters took exception to his actions. Oculus confirmed today that he "chose note to attend" the event to avoid being a "distraction." Instead, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg led a rotating cast of speakers through the two-plus hour conference, which offered a release date and pricing for the Oculus Touch controllers and a host of software demos.
Virtual reality pioneer Palmer Luckey has left Facebook, six months after it was revealed that he had secretly funded a pro-Trump campaign group dedicated to turning the tide of the US election through "meme magic" and "shitposting". Luckey, who founded virtual reality company Oculus in 2012 when he was 19, has been a Facebook employee since Mark Zuckerberg's social network bought his firm in 2014 for $2bn. In a statement, Facebook said "Palmer will be dearly missed. Palmer's legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry.
Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey is departing from Facebook, the virtual reality firm's parent company, after three years under the umbrella of the social network, according to a report from UploadVR. Luckey, who was the architect behind the original Oculus Rift headset concept and creator of a number of the early prototypes for the device, will mark his last official day at the company next Friday. "Palmer will be dearly missed," an Oculus spokesperson told UploadVR. "Palmer's legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry.