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Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey leaves Facebook

James Orry Updated on by

Oculus co-founder and VR pioneer Palmer Luckey is leaving Facebook today, around three years after Oculus was acquired by the firm in a deal worth $2 billion.

“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,” reads a statement from Oculus given to Upload VR.

Facebook declined to comment, stating it is policy not to discuss internal personnel matters.

It was only a year ago that Luckey was hand delivering the first Rift consumer unit, but was heavily criticised in September 2016 when it was discovered he was linked to a political group campaigning against Hillary Clinton.

At the time Luckey said he was “deeply sorry that my actions are negatively impacting the perception of Oculus and its partners” noting that although he contributed $10,000 to Nimble America, the “news stories about me do not accurately represent my views”.

He said he had donated the money because he believed the “organization had fresh ideas on how to communicate with young voters through the use of several billboards”.

Source: Upload VR