Oculus Co-Founder and Rift Creator Palmer Luckey Departs Facebook

by Joe Durbin • March 30th, 2017

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey, the man behind the Rift concept and its first prototypes, is leaving the company three years after selling to Facebook.

According to Oculus, this will be Palmer’s last week with Friday marking his official last day as an employee of Facebook. In an official statement, the company said 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.”

When asked if Luckey’s departure was voluntary, Facebook representatives declined to comment, citing a policy of not discussing internal personnel matters.

This revelation comes around one year after Luckey himself hand-delivered the first consumer Oculus Rift to a pre-order customer in Alaska. In just over 12 months, the 24-year-old transformed from the face of one of the tech world’s most well-known teams into a bit of a recluse, disappearing from public view during the 2016 US presidential election and emerging only for an appearance in court.

The following is a timeline of events leading up to Luckey’s departure.

September 23, 2016

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September 23, 2016 is the day that Luckey issued his last tweet in nearly six months. It contained no text besides the link to what would also be his final Facebook post. That post reads:

I am deeply sorry that my actions are negatively impacting the perception of Oculus and its partners.The recent news stories about me do not accurately represent my views.

Here’s more background: I contributed $10,000 to Nimble America because I thought the organization had fresh ideas on how to communicate with young voters through the use of several billboards. I am a libertarian who has publicly supported Ron Paul and Gary Johnson in the past, and I plan on voting for Gary in this election as well.

I am committed to the principles of fair play and equal treatment. I did not write the “NimbleRichMan” posts, nor did I delete the account. Reports that I am a founder or employee of Nimble America are false. I don’t have any plans to donate beyond what I have already given to Nimble America.

Still, my actions were my own and do not represent Oculus. I’m sorry for the impact my actions are having on the community.

The impetus for the above apology came when The Daily Beast reporters Gideon Resnick and Ben Collins published a story linking Luckey to a far-right political group named Nimble America that used inflammatory online tactics to discourage the 2016 presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. The story alleged that Luckey donated significant funds to Nimble America. It also attached him to several unflattering online posts written under the pseudonym NimbleRichMan (posts Luckey later disavowed). The tactics of Nimble America combined with its tacit support of Clinton’s controversial opponent — current US president Donald Trump — sparked severe outrage toward Luckey.

The polarizing nature of Trump as a candidate, and the volatile political landscape of the US during the election, fanned that spark of outrage into a forest fire as individuals from all sides made their opinions known.

Two weeks after Luckey’s final posts appeared, Oculus held its third Oculus Connect (OC3) developer conference. Luckey had been a major personality at both OC1 and OC2. At OC3, however, it was Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg that took the stage instead to show off the company’s next steps toward social VR.

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Oculus’ VP of content, Jason Rubin, told UploadVR at the time Luckey willfully skipped the conference because he “did not want to be a distraction” and that he was still an employee of Facebook.

Those online posts were the last we would hear of Luckey for some time. The reality is that since September 23 of last year, the man who was once a symbol of VR’s renaissance had almost completely disappeared from the public eye.

January 18, 2017

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On January 18, 2017 Luckey finally found himself speaking publicly about the company he founded once again. Unfortunately, these comments were being given from the witness stand of a Dallas courtroom.

Luckey was called as a witness alongside Zuckerberg himself to defend Oculus from allegations of intellectual property theft. The software company ZeniMax was suing Oculus (and Facebook by extension) over allegations that former ZeniMax employee and current Oculus chief technology officer, John Carmack, brought trade secrets with him to his new company that allowed for the fundamental creation of the Rift.

It turns out that a courtroom is the one venue in which Luckey will not wear his trademark sandals. He swapped his typical Hawaiian beachwear for a pressed blue suit and answered questions about his relationship with Carmack and whether or not they violated any agreements with ZeniMax in the early days of the Rift’s development.

On February 1, the jury found Oculus had not misappropriated any trade secrets. However, the jury also decided Luckey failed to comply with a non-disclosure agreement he signed. Oculus and its co-founders Luckey and Iribe were therefore ordered to pay ZeniMax $500 million as a result of copyright infringement and “false designation.”

Facebook has already vowed to appeal the case, which will likely rage on for years to come. In all the turmoil, Luckey once again retreated back into the obscurity and ambiguity he has lived within since September.

March 30, 2017

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It has now been just over a year since Luckey delivered that first Rift, and three years since he and other Oculus shareholders agreed to sell the company to Facebook.

Luckey’s future at the company already looked dicey in September; and then a $500 million elephant waltzed into what was already a very crowded room.

From the moment The Daily Beast story hit the web, the possibility of Luckey’s departure from Oculus existed. We had last confirmed Luckey was still involved with Facebook in December, and that an update would be coming “soon.” Now, the day many of us have been expecting has arrived. As of tomorrow, Palmer Luckey will no longer have a role in the company he co-founded.

Luckey’s Legacy

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Luckey’s efforts with Oculus, combined with those of his co-founders, sparked the interest of a group of enthusiasts who bought into his vision when they invited tens of thousands of early head-mounted display developer kits into their homes.

“A lot of things we’re doing weren’t invented by us,” Luckey once said. “They were invented by other people. And we happen to have the luck to be in the right decade to make it happen.”

These early headsets changed the course of countless careers, and Facebook’s $2 billion (arguably $3 billion) acquisition of Oculus convinced mainstream investors of what Rift developers already believed; VR would not just be a great gaming technology but the start of the next phase of personal computing. After decades of failure, the prospect of high-quality, low-cost VR finally seemed attainable. And Luckey’s efforts helped make that possible.

“It’s the future,” Luckey once said of his interest in VR. “It’s the Matrix.”

He likely still retains a lot of the money he gained as an Oculus shareholder from Facebook’s acquisition and, assuming his interest in VR is undiminished, we’ve likely not heard the last from him.

There is a very long road ahead toward more immersive virtual worlds than the ones we have today. Advances in brain-computer interfaces are becoming a huge area of interest to people like Gabe Newell, the founder of Valve Software, which has emerged as a major competitor to some of the Oculus efforts. In other words, there are plenty of advances in technology still ahead for VR and Luckey’s influence on the evolution of this industry is likely far from over.

No matter how you may feel about Luckey and his recent actions, there is no denying he is a giant of the VR industry and one that will be very difficult to replace

Senior Editor Ian Hamilton contributed to this report.

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  • Bojan Babic

    “Will be missed” Haha, good one. He’s the worst, Carmack should be the next. And then just sell oculus to HTC and Valve.

    • Jim Cherry

      your fanboism is showing

      • When asked if Luckey’s departure was voluntary, Facebook representatives declined to comment, citing a policy of not discussing internal personnel matters.

        • I am committed to the principles of fair play and equal treatment. I did not write the “NimbleRichMan” posts, nor did I delete the account. Reports that I am a founder or employee of Nimble America are false. I don’t have any plans to donate beyond what I have already given to Nimble America.

      • “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.”

      • The following is a timeline of events leading up to Luckey’s departure.

    • Matt Winters

      Why? Vive was obeselete once the touch controllers came out.
      All that money you spent on garbage…poor thing, how does it make you feel to bet on a losing pony?
      Hahahaha

      • Jim Cherry

        your fanboism is showing aswell

        • Matt Winters

          shhh. just sit back and watch them scurry.
          They get so mad over children’s toys.
          It’s so fun to fuck with these people XD

          • Robbie Cartwright

            I have fun sometimes reading these arguments about which VR company is going to win… and then I go back to neutral territory, since I have both PC VR systems. It can be a bit hard to argue between two cliffs when you’re a bridge. XD

          • Matt Winters

            Yah, that’s a really level headed approach.
            In truth, they are both amazing products and having each other as competition is their real strength.
            They continually challenge each other and I’ll wager we’ll see amazing growth from their rivalry.
            We see shit eating retards fanboying all over the place completely oblivious to the fact that
            the devs within each company probably love the friendly rivalry and have beers together when they can.
            The two companies are proof positive of the amazing things that can happen when a free market economy is
            done right.
            I’m looking forward to seeing the products their rivalry produces, and I’m sure the R&D coders and mechanical engineers are too.

      • How old are you? You must surely be an american teen or at least trying to be one: “Hahahaha” ?? What a dumb cunt. Hahahahahahahahahahahah!

        • Matt Winters

          You mad bro?

      • polysix

        Enjoy your janky tracking, piss poor contrast, facebook data mining, smaller FOV and eventually no rift 2 to upgrade to as Facebook CONTINUE to push more into mobile/standalone (where the $$$ rewards are easier). You’ll be thanking valve and those like them in future when you need proper PC VR and your beloved facebook will only serve you nerfed mobile shit.

        FTR I sold my vive (it’s too much for what it is) DK2, and PSVR and tried Rift. NONE of them are the best, they all have something better than the next (yes in DK2 with its zero god rays and good black levels and PSVR with comfort, screen quality, no god rays)

    • Ultimaniacx4

      And then watch VR die in the hands of people not supporting the industry nearly as much as Oculus.

      • polysix

        FACEBOOK it’s fucking FACEBOOK not oculus. Jesus! Oculus is just a comfort badge to keep idiots like you believing. Oculus of old are the guys to thank (inc Palmer), but when they sold to Facebook that all stopped, and they are not supporting the fucking industry they are trying to ruin it before it starts with GREED, DATA MINING and MONOPOLIES just like Facebook always has.

        • Ultimaniacx4

          You sound very convincing. Not like an autistic keyboard warrior at all.

    • Neel Bedekar

      “Carmack should be the next”? Please hand in your VR card, Carmack is the smartest and most respected guy in the entire industry, one of the best programmers ever. Pure ignorance

      • polysix

        He *WAS* before he sold his soul to Facebook and Samsung and repeated the same boring shit for 3 connects running about what we can’t do on mobile. zzzzz. The guy has lost the fucking plot, stop holding himi up as an idol while he continues to underwhelm. When he gets back to PC, Game engines or ‘CORE’ VR then we can continue to collectively suck his dick. Until then he’s just another facebook lacky. And anyone who is paid by facebook gets zero fucking respect from me!

        • Darrell Markie

          I can see I need to block two more people..so my nose stops burning from the smell of this bulls#!!..you wouldn’t even have your vive if vr if hype was not created by Carmack and Luckey. Carmack still creates code the pushes the industry and very recently you can read about it.

          • Mourz

            Yes they would. Ignorance is bliss.

      • Mourz

        He will be next. I broke the story on lucky and carmack months ago and people called me a troll, one person told me to “drink bleach.”

        Then we have these people who don’t know anything about the tech or industry who think Carmack is a god. He is next. He has not contributed at all to the industry and has no respect for intellectual property. He is useless. His team cant wait for his departure so he stops putting his name on our work.

    • Roger Bentley

      Your a real idiot. In industry there should always be compitition or the market and innovation stays stagnant, if oculus werent in the pic do you think htc would be revamping thier motion control?

    • shhh. just sit back and watch them scurry.
      They get so mad over children’s toys.
      It’s so fun to fuck with these people XD

  • jimrp

    Luckey is the man. Man who got VR right.

    • Dubster

      And then everything else massively wrong

    • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

      Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus, financed an alt-right, pro-Trump group that Milo Yiannopoulos was involved with.

      Please read and follow the links:
      http
      ://www
      .wired.co.uk/article/oculus-palmer-luckey-deletes-reddit-account-trump-shitposting-links

      • OkinKun

        Stop posting that crap. It’s misleading and mostly just flat out wrong, a misplaced smear campaign.. You have no justification to have such a vendetta against him, just your own misunderstanding.

        • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

          Read the article OkinKun and follow the links. Do not miss the Daily Beast link.

          • koenshaku

            Well this is the end of Luckey Palmer what will you do now that your awareness campaign has ended?

          • I totally agreed with you.

        • xanxibar

          Nothing is misleading about Palmer Luckey’s racist and sexist views.

          • Scott

            What were these views specifically?

      • Joe Banes

        I will not feed the troll….I will not feed the troll…

        • Darrell Markie

          I can only imagine who it is…I blocked that guy long ago.

        • xanxibar

          Troll? Go fuck yourself. Only worthless assholes support Palmer Luckey and the alt-right.

      • jimrp

        dont care

        • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

          Facebook does.

          • Caven

            …and as of tomorrow Palmer Luckey doesn’t work for them. What’s the point of continuing to bring up Palmer Luckey’s link to Oculus and Facebook if he’s no longer part of the company?

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            Context.
            See jimrp’s comment up top.

          • Caven

            What praise? I don’t like Palmer Luckey at all. His antics made me wary of the Oculus ecosystem long before his political funding scandal came to light.

            The point I was trying to make is that at this point, continuing to campaign against Palmer Luckey is like continuing to campaign to impeach Nixon or Clinton. It’s too late to matter now. It’s starting to look like you’re problem is really with Oculus/Facebook, not Palmer Luckey.

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            I was replying to jimrp. Read the thread Caven.

          • Caven

            I did read the thread, and I’m already fully aware that you were replying to jimrp. But before that, jimrp responded to a post of yours, specifically your post that started with “Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus, financed an alt-right, pro-Trump group that Milo Yiannopoulos was involved with.” Since that post of yours is the root of this particular subtopic,

            So my question to you is that if Palmer Luckey no longer works for Oculus/Facebook, what is your reason for continuing to bring up Palmer Luckey’s political contributions? You said that Facebook cares, but why should they now that they’re getting rid of him? Considering they basically made Palmer Lucky disappear for six months before finally announcing that he’s gone, it sure doesn’t seem like they approve of his actions.

          • “God Knows what is the reason behind”.?

      • go4danny

        he is entitled to have his own political views. fuck off.

        • JacksonT

          Yeah and his bosses are free to tell him to GTFO when he becomes an embarrassment.

          • go4danny

            Can you see how fucking people over their political views can be a slippery slope towards fascism? Just imagine if Trump started firing anyone who remotely liked Obama, anyone who ever took a smiling picture with him, because from Trump’s point of view, he’s an embarrassment. Just imagine if Trump only wanted journalists that agree with him on his press releases, etc.

            What you are basically doing is forcing people that you don’t agree with to be silenced by taking their livelihood away. Join the party or suffer the consequences!

        • xanxibar

          No one is entitled to their own political views without repercussion, you piece of shit Hitler lover.

          • SnazzyD

            hahahahhaha “Hitler Lover”. Have you ever read a history book? I often wonder if you twits realize how hilarious you are….

          • go4danny

            I see. Join the party or suffer the consequences! And I am the nazi…

          • “I am committed to the principles of fair play and equal treatment. I
            did not write the “NimbleRichMan” posts, nor did I delete the account.
            Reports that I am a founder or employee of Nimble America are false. I
            don’t have any plans to donate beyond what I have already given to
            Nimble America.”

      • orthorim

        It is really special how the so called left is now organizing witch hunts – not only against anyone who thinks different from them. But also against anyone who might have given the impression of possibly thinking differently. This is a thought police McCarthy could only have dreamed of. Thought police Orwell didn’t even consider.

        Look yourself in the mirror. You might no longer like what you see. You might realize you’ve become what you’ve always hated. A fascist who doesn’t tolerate other opinions, who isn’t interested in why these opinions might be held, who only believes the propaganda CNN and the NYT shoves down their through without questioning. You’ve become everything you accused the “alt-right” to be.

        I don’t oppose the beliefs – I oppose the division you’ve been made to buy into. There is no such division or separation between you and the people you think you hate.

        Division and separation is a control program created by those in power, and you fell for it hook, line, and sinker. Exit the matrix.

        • Get Schwifty!

          Well said….

          It all comes down to this old thought:

          And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

          Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

          Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

          “Progressive” hypocrisy is old as the hills…

        • JacksonT

          Could you save this crap for the Brietbart sewers? Kthanx

          • Aske

            “It is the current year. I mean wow, just wow. I can’t even right now.” — JacksonT

        • xanxibar

          says the retarded maggot who supports a Trump administration that is hellbent on destroying the environment and civil rights.

          • Scott

            And look at your immaturity… please stop making a complete fool of yourself. If you have a problem with policy speak of it but stop being a vile 17 year old who drinks the koolaide of his high school government teacher and thinks calling people names actually is effective.

        • tcnitsni

          Good post, you can always tell a good post when you get all the trolls to jump onto you like a fly on shit. Look at them below just trying to insult you… haha. That’s all trolls ever do though.

        • vcambri

          Witch hunt? Maybe he wanted to leave because he felt like a fish out of water. Maybe it was clear that he was out of step? Face it. Among educated and talented people Trump’s ideas are not that admired. And is it the responsibility of liberals to make a conservative feel happy and cozy? Don’t liberals have the right to their own beliefs?

          • daveinpublic

            This article makes it appear that the donations to Right Wing groups was the impetus. It’s not hard to see where he’s getting that thought from.

      • Ray Lera

        “I am committed to the principles of fair play and equal treatment. I did not write the “NimbleRichMan” posts, nor did I delete the account. Reports that I am a founder or employee of Nimble America are false. I don’t have any plans to donate beyond what I have already given to Nimble America.”

        • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

          He did write the NimbleRichMan posts Ray.

          “Palmer Luckey Is Lying to Somebody”
          https
          ://motherboard.vice.
          com/en_us/article/palmer-luckey-is-lying-to-somebody

          • Justos

            Your link doesn’t even work. How about you check what you post before claiming shit on the internet. You clearly have a mental problem.

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            You can’t post links on here Justos. So copy the entire link and paste it in your browser. Or just Google Palmer Luckey is lying to somebody.

          • Justos

            Are you serious? Im well aware your link cut up into three lines doesnt work with a click. jesus

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            Copy and paste the link into your browser. It’s cut up for a reason. Try posting a link on here and see what happens.

          • SnazzyD

            Oooh, well if VICE says it’s true…..jesus. smh

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            Take a look at the email exchange half way down:
            https
            ://motherboard.vice.
            com/en_us/article/palmer-luckey-is-lying-to-somebody

          • Ray Lera

            By god you’ve convinced me!
            Thats all the proof I needed. I mean the email has Palmers name. Thats not something anyone could fake, thats solid proof!
            Idiot

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            It isn’t fake and you know it isn’t.

          • Ray Lera

            It is fake and you know it is.

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            That explains why Palmer has been ousted from the company he co-founded. Because the Daily Beast reported fake news right? Wake up Ray.

          • Ray Lera

            Sure. Last time I checked the “Daily Beast” (awful name) wasn’t the pinnacle of journalism and reporting only the truth.
            Your bias is amazing, you believe anything you want to believe. Grow up, kid.

            And yeh Palmer left the company, he wasn’t ousted

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            He was ousted Ray.

          • Ray Lera

            Thats just a lie. You’re pathetic.

      • Jamesy

        Who cares?! He sparked peoples imaginations and created an entire industry.

        He made a mistake and not a particularly vicious one.

        You’re spreading hate just as much as him.

        • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

          Palmer supports the alt-right yet I’m the one spreading hate? I’ve just been doing what Palmer and Milo did on Reddit. Only, instead of getting readers to finance an alt-right, pro-Trump group, I’ve been asking gamers not to support Oculus and to Google Oculus Trump. Think of it as a reverse Luckey.

          • Scott

            You just keep throwing out “pro-trump” and “alt-right” like it is basically criminal….

          • SnazzyD

            You really, really don’t have a firm grasp on what’s really going on in the world, do you? So much angst…so many “progressive” talking points that are either completely the opposite in reality or just flat-out wrong. So glad you braindead liberals will be watching from the sidelines these next 8 years…

        • geo

          He made a mistake? What would that be?

        • daveinpublic

          I don’t think he even made a mistake. There are many reasons that he could be supporting who he supports. He doesn’t have to explain that. You’re probably giving much more money to people who are more extreme than him without knowing it. And people should be free to support whatever political party they want.

      • ZoA

        You clueless bigoted Hillarybot Palmer Lackey is know Bernie supporter, so if anything by American standards he is extreme left. This thing you are referring too is his little vengeance against Hillary and her corrupt cronies for rigging DNC primaries against Bernie.

        • SnazzyD

          He’s actually a libertarian (which he clearly stated) and did not vote for Trump. He’s more anti-Hillary than anything, and GOD only knows why anyone would have a problem with that…

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            Palmer’s Facebook statement was full of lies. Why do you think he’s avoided the press for the past six months?

            Go on YouTube and search for Chaos in Costa Mesa After Trump Rally. Skip to 1:52 and you’ll see Palmer being interviewed at a pro-Trump rally wearing a Can’t Stump The Trump t-shirt.

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            Palmer’s Facebook statement was full of lies. Why do you think he’s avoided the press for the past six months?

            Go on YouTube and search for ‘Chaos in Costa Mesa After Trump Rally’. Skip to 1:52 and you’ll see Palmer being interviewed at a pro-Trump rally wearing a Can’t Stump The Trump t-shirt.

            Now go on Google images and search for ‘Nimble America billboard’. Look at the hashtag on the bottom right of the Nimble America billboard.

            Palmer’s t-shirt in that YouTube video: Can’t Stump The Trump

            Hashtag on the Nimble America billboard: hashtag cantstump

            Palmer lied in his Facebook statement. He voted for Trump.

            He also stated in his Facebook statement that “I contributed $10,000 to Nimble America …”. “I don’t have any plans to donate beyond what I have already given to Nimble America.”

            More lies I’m afraid. He not only stated that he’d “donated significant funds” but also that he “will continue to do so”. He also took to Reddit to get donations and that he’d “match your donations dollar for dollar”.

            Palmer: “I reached out to the leaders of this community because I am doing everything I can to help make America great again. I have already donated significant funds to Nimble America, and will continue to do so. I need your help: For the next 48 hours, I will match your donations dollar for dollar.”
            Google ‘Palmer nimble donations’.

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            Palmer’s Facebook statement was full of lies. Why do you think he’s avoided the press for the past six months?

            Go on YouTube and search for ‘Chaos in Costa Mesa After Trump Rally’. Skip to 1:52 and you’ll see Palmer being interviewed at a pro-Trump rally wearing a Can’t Stump The Trump t-shirt.

            Now go on Google images and search for ‘Nimble America billboard’. Look at the hashtag on the bottom right of the Nimble America billboard.

            Palmer’s t-shirt in that YouTube video: Can’t Stump The Trump

            Hashtag on the Nimble America billboard: hashtag cantstump

            Palmer lied in his Facebook statement. He voted for Trump.

            He also stated in his Facebook statement that “I contributed $10,000 to Nimble America …”. “I don’t have any plans to donate beyond what I have already given to Nimble America.”

            More lies I’m afraid. He not only stated that he had “donated significant funds” but also that he “will continue to do so”. He also took to Reddit to get donations and that he’d “match your donations dollar for dollar”.

            Palmer: “I reached out to the leaders of this community because I am doing everything I can to help make America great again. I have already donated significant funds to Nimble America, and will continue to do so. I need your help: For the next 48 hours, I will match your donations dollar for dollar.”

            Google ‘Palmer nimble donations’ for more info.

          • Cezare Sozeh

            He got fired for being a liar but Nimble isn’t the only reason. Luckey also lied to his partners: The idea and the design of the Oculus didn’t belong to Luckey. He was building it for someone else and Facebook didn’t find out until after the acquisition because Palmer never told them he had signed an exclusivity contract with the original inventors in 2011.

          • daveinpublic

            This suit is based on the well-established legal principle that any work performed at your employer’s place of business, or using any equipment or resources provided by your employer, or performed during your work hours, stays the property of your employer forever. It reeks of a patent troll Zenimax smelling the money and thinking they have a chance in court, or at least maybe get a rich parent company to settle rather than have a costly suit.

          • Cezare Sozeh

            He is a liar and he’s going to pay for it

      • Frogacuda

        The Alt-Right accusation is incorrect, or at least unsubstantiated, unless you’re one of those trying to redefine the Alt-Right as something broader than what it is. I’ve seen no evidence that Luckey supports white nationalism.

        He did, however, admit to wanting to promote falsehoods and smears that actual campaign ads would never touch, which is pretty nasty. And remember, he outed his own damn self, openly admitting to a reporter his involvement. Pretty dumb when your job is to be a public-facing spokesperson. Even dumber when you see he wrote about knowing what the blowback would be. I don’t think he can blame anyone buy himself.

        I sure as hell respect his work and the enthusiasm that breathed life into this new medium, though.

      • Aske

        OK, so what you’re saying is – BURN THE HERETIC!

      • Scott

        Did Nimble do anything illegal? Was it proven that it was his reddit account? Just asking, because a ton of this just seems like a bunch of blowhard people looking to destroy someone.. I sincerely want to know the facts..

        • Cezare Sozeh

          You are essentially right. Nimble is not why Luckey got fired. He lied to and deceived his partners. The idea behind the Oculus and the design didn’t belong to him at all.

          • daveinpublic

            I thought that was disproven, and he was ordered to pay because he violated a non-disclosure agreement instead.

      • brandon9271

        f*ck you and your political witch hunt. You act like just because somebody has a different political leaning than yours it’s ok to demonize them and treat them like Satan incarnate. So what if he supports Trump? WHO CARES? You regressives are out of your minds! Everybody who isn’t part of the Left are “literally Hitler.” GFYS

        • TLLRS

          The Alt right is not a ‘different political’ leaning. Its a toxic cesspool of hate and stupidity.

          You can disagree with people who think that economic systems should be different or health care organised in some other ways. The Alt Right just wants to fuck everything up.

          • brandon9271

            well do tell me where this “Alt-right” has their headquarters and where their list of members is located.. because so far the best I can tell is that it’s a label that leftist like to throw around for people they don’t agree with. Just like being called Anti-Muslim if you want to vet people, anti-immigrant if you want secure borders or anti-women because you can prove mathematically that the gender wage gap doesn’t exist. Palmer Luckey is a prime example of the left demonizing somebody that doesn’t fall goose-step into their political ideology.

          • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

            Brandon, go on YouTube and search for ‘Richard Spencer meeting’. Btw, Richard Spencer coined the term alt-right. Google it.
            If you have time, Google Breitbart and former Breitbart editor, Milo Yiannopoulos.

            Now why was Palmer involved with Milo and the alt-right, pro-Trump Nimble America group?

          • brandon9271

            Why was he involved in a pro-Trump group? Gee, i dunno, maybe because he’s not a liberal. Maybe because he’s tired of the bullshit identity politics and anti-white male, SJW nonsense. Maybe he’s tired of how these groups demonize people with meaningless labels when they can’t have a debate based on FACTS when discusing things like immigration, gender or race. Now that he’s left Facebook I hope he public tells all the snowflakes to eat a d*ck

      • Ted Joseph

        Trump wants to bring jobs back to America.. What a “Bad” man.. Regardless, I love the Rift. It is getting better month after month. Having a blast playing Arizona Sunshine, Raw Data, Robo Recall, etc… Cant wait to see what the future brings..

    • kid

      BYE FELICIA!

      • jimrp

        still the man.If not then who kid?

  • KSE1977

    No doubt this will make many happy. I am sure the schadenfreude will be particularly pleasant for them. Probably the best that could happen for Oculus, although being owned by Facebook likely means people will hate them regardless of what they do right.

    • DougP

      Re: “people will hate them regardless of what they do right.”
      Let’s let them start leading with something *done right* 1st & go from there.
      We’re waiting…

      • Arv

        Well I’d say that funding developers to the tune of half a billion dollars is a good start. Valve have made virtually no effort towards getting VR software going. All they’ve done is drop the Greenlight process for VR titles which has had a NEGATIVE effect on the quality of VR software. Yes, there are PLENTY of VR titles available on Steam, but 98% of them are worse than a pile of old pants.

        • elev8d

          You realize that 90% of the titles on the Oculus store are on Steam and more than 70% of those titles were developed in Vives not Rifts.

          • Justos

            which is why the hate on such “exclusives” is bullshit . They will be everywhere in time with the exception of oculus studio titles.

          • Arv

            And those 90% of titles make up a great deal of the 2% decent titles available on Steam. Why is this..? It’s because the Oculus Store titles are properly CURATED. It’s VERY difficult to get a game for sale in the Oculus Store, it’s easily on a par with getting a game released on a console. Oculus have relaxed the standards a little when they introduced the Gallery Apps section but even then it’s still a challenge getting a game in there.

            In fact, if you fail a Submission for a fourth time they’ll ban any further Submissions of that game and not even console platform holders do that, although Microsoft at least charge you a ridiculous amount of money after the fourth or fifth Submission for doing your QA work for you! A game I worked on years ago was one Submission failure away from that happening. Luckily it passed muster with the following Submission. Can’t remember how much the fee was now, but it was definitely over £10,000. :Oo

          • Michael Hegemann

            I’am glad they have such high quality demands. They combined the best of the PC and console worlds. High standards but without the corporate stuff from Sony and MS, where you need a static IP and a limited liability company .

      • KSE1977

        Well, they released a decent VR set, have constant sales and a semi-decent stream of new games, many of them full-sized. The touch controllers are cool and they are supporting room scale. I would suggest those things are all right. Now Is say this as a normal end-user, not a Kickstarter backer of the project.

  • Victor Khaze

    “…John Carmack, brought trade secretes with…”… Secretes?

    • Ian Hamilton

      Typo fixed, sorry about that.

      • Victor Khaze

        I’d be more worried if it wasn’t a typo! lol

        • Joe Banes

          That was just latin right? He was raising the bar a bit, that’s all! 🙂

  • Serpher

    Palmer is a good guy at heart. Not great at business though.

    • Alan Smithson

      Interesting. Pretty sure he has more money than you.

      • Serpher

        And a free Rift! That bastard.

    • Joe Banes

      Which is why he was never CEO and let others do that part of it. He never really was one of the business guys.

    • CURTROCK

      net worth estimated at 700 million

  • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

    Yes!

  • Constantin S

    Because of Palmer Luckey VR and even AR and MR are where they are now, he kickstarted this whole thing and I can only respect that.

  • Bundy

    Oh man, now what is the Google oculus Trump guy gonna post about!

    • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

      🙂

    • geo

      Hopefully the “Indict Hillary Now” movement.

  • superdonkey

    he done the right thing, take the money and run. in 15 years noone will care who jumpstarted vr and he could be a working class hero with nothing to show for his efforts or mega rich. he chose mega rich – i dont blame him!

    • Jim Cherry

      He’s pretty young to be retiring I really doubt this will be the end of his work in vr.

  • Jim Cherry

    “Palmer Luckey’s New Role At Oculus Will Be Revealed Soon” is one of my read next articles. It was posted in december of 2016. Guess the new role is silent shareholder.

  • naffgeek

    you know what, I have had a lot of problems with Palmer and Oculus in the last year but, damn the kid is in his mid 20’s and experienced more than most people will in their lifetimes.

    I sold a company at 29 for a hell of a lot less than him and it took me 15 years to recover.

    Personally I wish him well and every time I use my Vive I’ll be thankful he kick started this whole thing.

    • daveinpublic

      Well said.

  • Joe Banes

    Palmer, because you got this ball rolling and gave me my first eureka moment with VR, I am now solely focused on VR and AR. That crazy duct taped headset that could made me believe in this thing. I’m not the only one. I sincerely hope you are not done with VR and AR. The naysayers will always be there don’t let them keep you from what you love. I hope you are leaving because you have some awesome ideas for how to continue to push VR and AR with all of the rest of us in the community attempting to do so. Thanks for what you got started. I love my Rift and my Vive and my Gear and even my little MergeVR headset. All there because you made people believe the time was now. Good luck. Also thanks to UploadVR for a well written article.

    • CMcD

      It is unfortunate that the “thought police” of this decade have so successfully caused people to resign for having thoughts and expressions they did not like. I don’t agree with all of his views but I fully support his ability along with everyone else’s to think what they think and spend their money as they wish so long as it is not illegal. Then again, one day after vr jacks into our brains we may find ourselves being placed in jail for such thoughts as mine by the thought police who screamed to silence the freedom of anything that contradicts their own paradigm of thinking. Thank you palmer for passionately pushing vr into the mainstream. I will love my vr all the way into the dystopian future that the regressive left has planned for us over the next few decades.

    • What were these views specifically?

  • Fear Monkey

    If it was the opposite situation, where he was funding a Pro Hillary group, no one would have any issues. It’s hypocrisy, you can have an opinion, but only if we agree with it, and if we dont, we are going to go after you. One only has to play Mass Effect:Andromeda/Dragon Age:I to see the left attitudes in gaming. I don’t want political views and SJW stuff in my games. A game can have political elements if it doesn’t take a side, but i don’t want one side shoving it down my throat. What Luckey did was outside of gaming and what he did at Occulus so it’s not a big deal.

    • Secular1Humanist

      I’m not aware of Hillary degrading over half the population, like Donnie. Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, women, and then he pretends to care about the working man, while giving tax breaks to the rich and raise taxes on the low incomers. Meanwhile cuts funding to science agencies. And scraps laws protecting the environment and punishing polluters.

      • mccauley444

        You must have missed the deplorables comments.

      • John Nelson

        She called a large portion of the population “a basket of deplorables.” I think Trump is a jerk, boorish, obnoxious, egocentric and lacking insight. But I agree with limited government and decry government micromanagement of our lives. So is there room for varying political opinions, or must you embrace the orthodoxy of the left if you want permission to participate in society?

      • polysix

        Fucking prick. Do you get your worldview only from CNN? Hillary is a grade A Cunt. Do your research. She’s far worse than Trump.

        And Trump has many black, asian, female friends, some quite high profile ones who speak highly of him. Killary? not so much. Keep drinking that shit the media put out with your SJW ways, it’s fooling nobody but the terminally dumb. Trump is far from ideal, he’s a bit of a twat sometimes for sure, but Clinton was worse. That there were two idiots to vote for come election time is the problem, not Trump winning.

        • JacksonT

          Masterful argument. Did the bad man trigger you?

      • geo

        benghazi just for starters…

      • Fear Monkey

        Hillary just degrades them in private while showing a smile and face that hides her true feelings. You really think Hillary cares about the working man? She cares only about power and influence, not about anyone else. I’m not going to defend Donnie, not a fan of his either, but Hillary was worse.

        • TLLRS

          Then you are truely an idiot.

      • SnazzyD

        OMG you deluded, brainwashed twit. Hillary Clinton is the very definition of “corruption” and “evil”. The things she’s done should have her swinging from a noose (and hopefully still will) and you lapdogs remain willfully ignorant to it all – meanwhile, you lap up the 24/7 lies and distortion from the leftist media. You could not be more pathetic….and newsflash: irrelevant.

    • Boosterseat

      You probably need to rethink your idea of “opposite”. The opposite of giving lots of money to scumbags is *not* giving lots of money to scumbags, and I’m sure he could do that without any controversy.

  • Secular1Humanist

    Well it’s like Henry Ford, he made the car affordable, but that doesn’t take away the fact that he hated Jews and used his own wealth to target them.
    I find it hard to sympathise with Luckey given what he’s written about in the past, especially about people who’re struggling financially, and how he thinks that being wealthy makes him better than them.

  • CURTROCK

    Palmer Luckey single handedly re-ignited the VR revolution, after it stagnated for over 20 years. Few people are fortunate enough to have a legacy as far reaching & groundbreaking as Palmer. He created RIFT. Good luck, Palmer. Thank you for all you have done. Please ignore the TURDS & INSECTS who know not of what they speak

    • Cezare Sozeh

      Single handedly? Yeah right. Palmer Luckey single handedly took credit for other peoples ideas and intellectual property and defrauded facebook and the rest of the world into believing that it was his invention. What a great guy, go Palmer!

      • daveinpublic

        You really think Palmer stinks. Here’s the whole story, many people have tried to ignite the VR revolution. Zenimax didn’t, and according to them – had a massive headstart and presumably money that Palmer Luckey to create, finish, and market a product. Yet here we are in 2017 and they still haven’t released anything. Don’t you realize they’re a patent troll, and simply smell the money from the Facebook acquisition? Palmer Luckey was and is the only man who was able to ignite the VR industry, and for that he should be thanked. It took someone with a childlike belief and unique ideas, and he had both of those. Whatever Zenimax says, we’ll never know how much is true, but we know that Luckey started the VR revolution.

        • Cezare Sozeh

          Bull. It wasn’t his idea or his money! He just got lucky.

  • Martin Bammes

    Well, whatever company he starts now, count me in.

  • Kevin Smith

    Zuckerburg stealing someone else’s ideas and ensuring he’s the one getting all the profits? Nah, never heard that one before.

  • Foreign Devil

    Nobody shall steal the spotlight from The Zuckerberg!

  • koenshaku

    Yayyyy don’t let the door hit you on your way out!

  • MiamiBeachMedMan

    Surprised FB didn’t flush this rotund piece of excrement long ago.

  • Kageyama

    finally the sjw’s chased him out after even harassing his girlfriend. Funny how the game media never picked up that story, it’s like they don’t really care about women.

  • Kita

    I wonder what his new role was gonna be if Oculus won that lawsuit?

  • Mike T

    GOOD F***ING RIDDANCE!!! I hope this pro-Trump/pro-Milo prick takes his fortune and stay the hell away from public life.

    • polysix

      YAWN. Go top on CCN, it’s waiting to feed you more BS.

    • Niklas

      Found the ‘tolerant’ libtard.

    • brandon9271

      If not for Trump and Milo I’d not have liberal tears to make my morning coffee. LOVE those two! Mark Dice, Gavin McGuiness, Paul Joseph Watson and many more all keeping​ those yummy SJW tears flowing. I haven’t been
      this amused in years!

  • polysix

    I said 2 years ago the BEST thing Palmer could do would be to leave that hell-hole of a company (Facebook) and start anew with a new VR company getting back to his original goals. I knew it would happen eventually whether by choice or by being sacked! Carmack and Abrash should go work with him and screw Facebook cos they are not interested in what real VR fans are interested in. Carmack has been parroting that ‘mobile vr’ line for far too long, clearly it was a BS line to keep him away from PC VR with pending Zenimax/Rift issues + Facebook’s own priority on Mobile.

    Carmack won’t stay there much longer. I guarantee. And Abrash hasn’t been relevant since the second time he trotted out the McGurk effect BS at connect. If he wants to become relevant again he must leave facebook. No other way. He’s muted and restricted there.

  • bunnyfreakz

    Both Carmack and Palmer should just leave those psycho controlling zuckeberg all together.

    • polysix

      yeah. said this years ago. Abrash too. Facebook are NOT a good company for the creative/idealist type, they are MONEY MAKERS pure and simple. Palmer will be HAPPY to have been pushed/left I’m sure. He’ll start another VR company if he still has the stomach for it and we’ll all be better off (VR fans). I’ll support him and his future company but won’t touch facebook.

      • daveinpublic

        Facebook has a way of putting customers first, advertisers second, and making a ton of money in the process. It may be difficult to route for anyone but the underdog, but you have say, Facebook knows how to run a technology company.

    • Mourz

      They are both on their way out. I broke this months ago, I just couldn’t go on the record so people told me to “drink bleach” and called me a troll.

  • Rich K

    Palmer, Love ya man! Love my Rift! Good luck and maybe you have some time to hit the Gym now! Looks like success has been delicious!

  • Konchu

    I hope this let’s Lucky leave the shadows of Facebook. I feel the reaction to this whole ordeal has been blown out of proportions and frankly lose respect to Facebook for this. I am excited to see him come out with new ideas maybe kickstart some new VR ideas.

    My words to Lucky are to move forward stay true to yourself.

    • daveinpublic

      I have a feeling he’ll come back in the future with another ground breaking product. It may be decades in the making, but I can see him coming back. He has that certain knack for bringing the future into the present.

  • impurekind

    His actions around the whole election thing were his own and really should not be ours to judge in any way that matters; they certainly should not have been in any way involved in his abrupt and unwelcome firing, which I expect this was and I expect they surely were. He deserves praise for all he’s done for VR, which is a great deal, but a bunch of morons will no doubt hate on him for having his own personal political views and doing what he wanted in accordance with them, even though he did so within the law and his rights as a supposedly “free” citizen in our supposedly “free” and “civilised” society.

  • Mark Trombolo

    Im not a Trump supporter. VR has been around before Oculus, and in spite of Oculus efforts and success, VR is still a niche product.

    Having said all that, lets not pretend this guy is the first business mogul to use his money to lobby or influence politics.

  • jlschmugge

    Sad story of hard knocks. Maybe he’ll come out of this with a few lessons learned. Still remember him beaming when delivering that first Rift. Crazy he has to leave his legacy behind. I wonder if it is the bad PR move with Nimble, or if there is more. Surely there is some lack of experience involved. He got in way over his head.

  • xanxibar

    Palmer Luckey can go fuck himself. Worthless Trumpkin dickhead.

    • brandon9271

      Mmm! Those salty liberal tears. 😋☕

  • johann jensson

    “When asked if Luckey’s departure was voluntary, Facebook representatives declined to comment.”

    Of course they can’t say “we kicked him out”, so they don’t say anything. Right?

  • jimrp

    i was thinking is this an April Fools kinda thing.

  • Sky Nite

    Excited to see what’s next for Palmer.

  • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

    @UploadVR What’s happened to your homepage?

  • Michael Hegemann

    Politics suck.
    All the best for you Palmer and thank you very much for jumpstarting the new VR endeavour, been there from the DK 1 days and it is great to see how far everything has come.

    • daveinpublic

      It’s one Kickstarter project that actually delivered.

  • Cezare Sozeh

    Unless we hear more from Facebook I’m assuming that Palmer Luckey got fired for being a liar, but his political campaign to smear Hillary isn’t the only reason. Luckey
    also lied to his partners: The idea and the design of the Oculus didn’t
    belong to Luckey. He was building it for someone else just prior to the kickstarter and Facebook
    didn’t find out until after the acquisition because Palmer never told
    them he had signed an exclusivity contract with the original inventors
    in 2011.

  • brandon9271

    I hope Palmer donates millions to Trump’s 2020 campaign and tells are you regressives to eat his wang!

  • vcambri

    Usually smart or talented people don’t find themselves on that side of the spectrum. Go figure.

  • daveinpublic

    Palmer Luckey is the father of real Virtual Reality. The concept was formed years ago, the technology has come far, but Palmer was the one who believed enough to make this dream from the future happen right now.

  • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

    Palmer Luckey donated $100,000 to Trump’s inauguration fund.
    Copy and paste link
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    com/2017/04/19/a-palmer-luckeys-tale-donald-trump-chrono-trigger-and-100-grand/