Palmer Luckey departs Oculus

    
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The founder of Oculus has officially left the building. Palmer Luckey, co-founder of the company, has left the company and Facebook (as the owner of Oculus) as of Friday. An official statement by the company wishes his the best of luck, but requests for clarification from the press over whether it was a voluntary departure or not have so far been met with silence. So feel free to develop your own conspiracy theories.

Luckey has already not had a particularly good year, with the high-profile personal and professional legal loss to ZeniMax over Oculus serving retroactively as his last major appearance for the company. It’s up to you whether you consider this departure to be a good or bad thing for VR as a whole, although it’s important to note that Luckey has been one of the most vociferous industry voices in support of the technology.

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ceder

His controversies with the pro-a-certain-political-trolling-group he was funding were probably also factored.

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I have to say, I’m not a fan of facebag and will miss Palmer Lucky tremendously he brought some of the best PR disaster stories of the last year!

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Melissa McDonald

All are amateurs compared to McAfee

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Armsbend

I bet Facebook is happy about it. I’m glad he was able to get filthy rich and fund a hate campaign on the backs of his kickstarters.

Oculus was the reason I realized Kickstarter is shit garbage puke. So thanks for the fish Palmer.

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Melissa McDonald

He’ll end up the Richard Stallman of VR. Founding father, mostly forgotten, but huge contribution in the very beginning of this.

If he’s forced out because he backed Trump over Hillary, that’s just bad business and Facebook deserves to lose a lot of money for making stupid decisions.

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Bryan Correll

At a company I used to work for any time someone from upper-management parted ways with company a memo would be issued along the lines of “Bill Jones has taken a personal leave of absence effective immediately.” No one ever came back from such a “leave of absence.”

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Utakata

At a company I worked for it was “…decided on another direction in their career”. It get suspicious though, when this was statement was repeated with a number of pointed leavings. As in, I don’t think the new career direction was intended on the part of the person leaving. :(

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Ravven

Good riddance to bad rubbish. He’s the reason I would never have considered buying an Oculus Rift, we bought a Vive instead.

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Mark

good riddance

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rafael12104

Lol. Well, Oculus, “Get your back up off the wall!”

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Oleg Chebeneev

He was crucial to spark VR. But now, when big companies stepped it, he isnt of much importance. VR will keep developing in near future until it completely changes gaming and entertainment industry

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Melissa McDonald

the truth is that what we will know as VR/MR in the coming years will be a child of a thousand parents. It will take the hive to perfect and overcome the obstacles. We’re already way far down the road. It just gets better and better every quarter.