Oculus devs dropping support, Palmer Luckey issues statement [Updated]


Palmer Luckey has issued a statement on Facebook denying the original report that led to the developers' reaction. However the Senior News Editor for The Daily Beast has stood behind the reporting, and produced a screenshot purportedly contradicting Luckey's statement.

"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."

Original Story:

Oculus VR isn’t having the best day as we learned overnight its co-founder Palmer Luckey had been funding a group that creates anti-Hillary Clinton memes, and then spread them online. As a result, a number of indie and AAA developers have announced are dropping support for the Oculus Rift in either upcoming games or already-released ones.

One such indie development studio is Polytron, who revealed it was dropping Oculus support for its upcoming game, SUPERHYPERCUBE. In a statement published on Pastebin, the studio says it will no longer be pursuing Oculus support for SUPERHYPERCUBE as a result of Luckey’s actions. “In a political climate as fragile and horrifying as this one,” the company writes, “we cannot tacitly endorse these actions by supporting Luckey or his platform.”

Polytron is not alone as a number of additional studios, like Tomorrow Today Labs, Scruta Games, and even Insomniac Games, have all voiced their displeasure with Luckey’s actions and have vowed to no longer support the Oculus platform until he steps down.

"Insomniac Games condemns all forms of hate speech," Insomniac Games tells Motherboard. "While everyone has a right to express his or her political opinion, the behavior and sentiments reported do not reflect the values of our company. We are also confident that this behavior and sentiment does not reflect the values of the many Oculus employees we work with on a daily basis."

This isn't the first time Oculus' co-founder Palmer Luckey has been wrapped up in controversy as our interview with him earlier this year spread like wildfire after saying he'd consider supporting Apple if it "ever releases a good computer."

As of now, neither Oculus nor Palmer Luckey have addressed the actions of these studios dropping support for the Rift. We’ve reached out to both Oculus and Luckey for comment and will update our story accordingly.

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