Oculus Co-Founder Palmer Luckey Out at Facebook

Posted March 31, 2017

His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry.

Luckey made headlines past year when the Daily Beast reported that he was linked to the right-wing, anti-Clinton group Nimble America.

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Oculus VR co-founder and Rift headset inventor Palmer Luckey. In a statement published by Business Insider, Facebook said, "We're thankful for everything [Luckey] did for Oculus and VR, and we wish him all the best".

Following a statement on Facebook, Oculus seemed to distance itself from Luckey whose only real public appearance following the scandal was at trial for a lawsuit bought by ZeniMax, over accusations that Oculus CTO John Carmack stole intellectual property when hired by Oculus from ZeniMax.

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It's not known whether Luckey's leaving is voluntary; Oculus declined to offer comment on that regard or whether Luckey will be involved in any capacity with Oculus or Facebook moving forward. Luckey issued an apology, and has been increasingly invisible at Facebook since the fall. Facebook was ordered in February to pay ZeniMax $500 million to cover the damages. Facebook has said it's considering an appeal.

Luckey later clarified that while he did donate to Nimble America, his views did not represent the values of Oculus.

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Because of the negative attention, Luckey skipped the third annual Oculus Connect conference two weeks later, and kept a low profile until the court proceedings earlier this year.