Oculus Co-Founder Palmer Luckey Is Out at Facebook

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey
Oculus cofounder Palmer Luckey. Business Insider

31 March, 2017

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the departure on Thursday and sent Recode the following statement. It looks like someone-executives at Oculus, Facebook, or Luckey himself-saw fit to make the separation permanent.

Luckey has been largely absent from public view for the past several months, following a Daily Beast piece revealing his involvement with the pro-Trump group Nimble America.

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

UploadVR say they asked if Luckey's departure was voluntary, to which Facebook declined to comment due to their internal policies.

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In February, Facebook lost a $500 million lawsuit against game development firm ZeniMax.

A year ago during the election, Luckey came under fire when it was revealed that he had donated to a group known for distributing anti-Hillary Clinton memes on the internet. That spurred Facebook's purchase of Oculus for almost $3 billion in 2014. "Palmer's legacy extends far beyond Oculus", Oculus said in a statement.

The virtual reality entrepreneur has been in hot water for awhile now. His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and build an industry.

Oculus has reorganized with former Google and Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra leading all of Facebook's virtual reality efforts including Oculus. Facebook said it will appeal the decision. "We're thankful for everything he did for Oculus and VR and wish him the best".

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