Oculus Co-Founder Palmer Luckey Leaves Company
As first reported by UploadVR, it has been revealed that Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey is leaving Oculus and Facebook, with today, March 31st, marking his last day.
As you may remember, Palmer, who a key figure in the birth of modern VR, came under scrutiny last September after he was discovered to be funding a group called Nimble America, who is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting 2016 Republican United States of America presidential candidate Donald Trump. The group is rather controversial on many different levels, but that is neither here nor there at this point. What matters, is when this news leaked, it was simply a bad PR hit for Oculus and Facebook, with a few VR developers at the time suggesting the co-founder be removed or they might not continue to support the platform.
History aside, it’s currently unclear whether or not Facebook and Luckey came to a mutual agreement abut his departure, or whether he was fired, or whether or not he left to purse other passions. Facebook has said it cannot discuss internal personnel matters, so we may never know.
A spokesperon for Facebook did release the following the statement about the Luckey’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.”
Luckey was also at the center of the recent litigation battle between Oculus and ZeniMax, which ended in Facebook being ordered to pay ZeniMax $500 million USD.
Luckey departs the company with a net worth of roughly $730 million USD.