Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey leaves Facebook

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey

Just why the original founder of Oculus left Facebook remains unclear, with Luckey yet to make any public statement on the matter. In January of this year, Luckey spoke out about Oculus, though it was as a witness in a lawsuit.

In September of 2016, it was revealed that Palmer Luckey donated $10,000 to Nimble America, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting American president, Donald Trump.

It is not clear whether Luckey resigned or was told to leave, but Oculus Rift said: "Palmer will be dearly missed".

Palmer Luckey, one of the co-founders of Oculus VRb has bid Good Bye to Facebook. "His inventive spirit helped kickstart the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry", the Facebook statement said.

Palmer Luckey, the young man who can be credited for bringing affordable VR to the world, is leaving the Facebook-owned Oculus VR. Parent company Facebook has confirmed that this is Luckey's last week at both Facebook and Oculus. At this point, it isn't clear if the controversial figure was sacked or if he quit voluntarily, but Facebook's ruthless PR streak does make the former case more likely.

When UploadVR asked if Luckey's departure was voluntarily - IE, was he fired - Facebook declined to give any comment. It was a sound fiscal move, but evidently Luckey has had problems fitting into the corporate structure at Facebook. "I am deeply sorry that my actions are negatively impacting the perception of Oculus and its partners". A month later, a United States jury ruled in ZeniMax's favour and ordered Facebook to pay a combine $500 million to ZeniMax. In addition, Luckey was found liable to pay $50 million in damages because he was found to have violated his NDA with ZeniMax Media. That spurred Facebook's purchase of Oculus for almost $3 billion in 2014, which Zuckerberg said would allow users to "experience the impossible".

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said there are parts of the company that are on "a good trajectory" and parts that are "a little behind".

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