Oculus Co-Founder Palmer Luckey to Step Down

Oculus Co-Founder Palmer Luckey to Step Down”

Oculus has confirmed the report, first spotted by UploadVR, with TechCrunch in a fairly cookie cutter statement.

In September 2016 Luckey shied away from the spotlight following community and developer backlash to his association with a polarizing political group Nimble America, which was involved in funding a billboard campaign against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate for the USA presidential election.

Oculus spoke with Gamespot on the matter, noting, "Palmer will be dearly missed".

The spokesperson confirmed that this is Luckey's last week at Oculus but declined to confirm if he was sacked or left voluntarily. Palmer's legacy extends far beyond Oculus. Facebook was ordered in February to pay ZeniMax $500 million to cover the damages.

Palmer Luckey, who founded Oculus VR and came up with early VR prototypes that evolved into the Oculus Rift, will depart Facebook this week.

As far as what Luckey will do next, it's unclear, but he could find another virtual reality company to move forward with, or perhaps just enjoy the nice paycheck he's earned from producing a landmark deal with Facebook, and pushing Oculus tech.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has hailed virtual reality as the next major computing platform after mobile devices. "His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry", the Facebook statement said. Facebook has said it's considering an appeal. "We're thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR and wish him the best".

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