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Creator and founder of Oculus, Palmer Luckey leaves Facebook
Palmer Luckey has left Facebook. According to a statement provided to Ars Technica by a Facebook representative, the VR genius, who kickstarted the virtual reality (VR) revolution has left the parent company and for now, the reasons behind the same remain a mystery.
Yes, Facebook declined to clarify any details to the publication and even commented that Luckey may or may not issue an official statement with a better explanation as well.
The Facebook representative gave out the following statement regarding Palmer’s departure, “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. We’re thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR, and we wish him all the best.”
At this very moment there is no clear explanation as to why Palmer quit. And the news comes just after the first anniversary of the consumer launch of its Rift virtual reality headset.
As per Ars Technica, the Oculus rift founder went into hiding after The Daily Beast revealed his financial links to an odd Donald Trump shitposting group. Even though Luckey apologized, there was severe backlash among members of the VR community. Post this incident Palmer stayed off the radar and only appeared at the Zenimax trial in January when the software giant accused Oculus of misappropriating trade secrets.
While most of the Zenimax’ allegations were shot down, the court ruled that Facebook owed Zenimax $300 million. Luckey himself is liable for $50 million.