It’s finally happened. After months of silence, Oculus co-founder and creator of the Oculus Rift, Palmer Luckey will be leaving parent company Facebook its now emerged.
In a statement by an Oculus spokesperson, the company said: “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,” reports Business Insider.
The popular face of the company – quite possibly the most recognisable in the VR industry – hadn’t been heard from publicly since September after it emerged he had been supporting a pro-Trump movement on Reddit. At the time he even issued an apology via Facebook saying: “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.”
Since that statement there’s been no further posts from Luckey on Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere. And he was a no show at the recent Oculus Connect 3 event, which he usually took to the stage to take part in.
Currently there’s been no confirmation on whether Luckey left of his own volition or if he was fired from the company he helped create.
The announcement comes just a couple of days after Oculus celebrated the first anniversary of the Oculus Rift. It’s certainly been a turbulent year, shipment issues hampered the launch and the Zenimax lawsuit fined Oculus on a couple of counts.
As VRFocus learns more about Luckey’s departure we’ll let you know.