The company co-founder steps down after controversy, a court case and months of silence
It's been on the cards since September, but now it's official. Palmer Luckey, co-founder of virtual reality company Oculus, has left the company and its owner Facebook.
“Palmer will be dearly missed," said the company in a statement to UploadVR. "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 had left voluntarily, the company refused to confirm or deny.
Luckey had been keeping a low profile, missing from Oculus events and appearing on social media only to like the odd tweet, after The Daily Beast revealed he had funded a pro-Trump “shitposting” group. Once the news broke Luckey took to Facebook to apologize before disappearing from public view, resurfacing briefly for the Facebook versus Zenimax legal tussle over virtual reality tech.
At last count Luckey's fortune was estimated to be in the $730 million range.