The founder of the popular Virtual Reality (VR) Company Oculus VR, Palmer Luckey, has left Facebook. Oculus was founded in 2012 and was based in Irvine, California. In 2015, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO Facebook, announced that Facebook would be acquiring Oculus VR. The move was criticized by many tech industry figures but still took place.
Now, in 2017, Mr. Luckey has left Facebook. Facebook has given no details as to what made him leave and where he is headed to. Mr. Luckey too hasn’t made any personal statements about the incident and what his future plans are.
The only statement regarding the matter is from Facebook stating that:
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.
His resignation comes after a troubled issue Oculus had to face. It lost a case for $500 million to Zenimax. Zenimax claims that Mr. Luckey had violated a non-disclosure agreement signed between them in 2014 and by doing so was responsible for stealing trade secrets.
However, Facebook has appealed against the damages award. Palmer Luckey was the man whose vision helped popularize virtual reality in today’s growing plethora of technologies. He was the face of the company since 2012 and was very enthusiastic about VR in general, often presenting it at industry events.
However, the new emerged in 2016 that he had helped support the Donald Trump campaign by bankrolling a group to further the social media aspect of said campaign. After a huge amount of criticism, he had to apologize for his actions. Soon he was absent from company events.
He even missed Oculus’ flagship conference “Connect” in 2016. Still, not all has been rough for him. He was a major shareholder in the company and has been given a sum of $2 million by Facebook.