Palmer Luckey, the 24-year-old most directly associated with the rise of Oculus as a major force in the growing world of virtual reality hardware, has left parent company Facebook, according to a statement provided to Ars Technica by a Facebook representative:
“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.”
After becoming a major face of the company since Oculus’ first public prototype unveiling in 2012, Luckey’s public role with the company has been greatly reduced since September, when he was financially linked to an odd Donal-Trump backing “shitposting” group. Luckey quickly apologized for the impact that revelation had on the rest of Oculus as a company after a vocal backlash among some in the VR community.
Ars will update this breaking story as it develops…
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