Palmer Luckey Will Appear on the HTC Stage at the Tokyo Game Show

Yesterday’s competition is tomorrow’s friend.


After spending some time away from the spotlight, Palmer Luckey has announced that he will present at the Tokyo Game Show. What makes that reveal so exciting is the venue: the HTC Vive stage.

“Finally able to announce that I will be speaking on the @htcvive stage during Tokyo Game Show!” Luckey tweeted this week. “I think people will find it interesting.”

He might be right. Among other things, Luckey is famous for the time he spent serving as the public face of Oculus VR, a role he maintained for some time even after that company was purchased by Facebook. However, Luckey ultimately left the company this March. In May, he talked about feeling restrained and said “I am glad I’m not currently employed.”

Luckey’s appearance on the HTC Vive stage could signal the end of his unemployment. It comes at a time when HTC is going through some serious changes. The company just announced a cooperation agreement with Google, and the plan may be to use the Tokyo Game Show to announce similar arrangements with other companies or individuals.

In a reply to his own tweet, Luckey posted a schedule outlining Vive’s presence at the show, which reveals he will be speaking from 1:30pm - 2:15pm (JST) on September 23. It’s unclear what that presentation will entail, but it's possible Luckey will use some of his considerable fortune to purchase his former competition and remain influential within the VR space.

What do you think? Is Palmer Luckey about to make a huge announcement, or was he simply invited to share a few insights (and possibly some terrific cosplay) before disappearing from the limelight once more? Whatever the case, we’ll know more soon.

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From The Chatty
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    September 21, 2017 2:16 PM

    Jason Venter posted a new article, Palmer Luckey Will Appear on the HTC Stage at the Tokyo Game Show

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      September 21, 2017 2:59 PM

      (reads speculation of why)

      If its a real business deal, he has negative PR value and whoever had the money would require him to stay out of it. (unless its like Breitbart VR or something)
      It's gotta be that being involved publicly was a condition of his own investment.

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        September 21, 2017 3:03 PM

        Whatever it is I hope he loses money on the deal

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        September 21, 2017 3:05 PM

        Even if that was a condition, why have him involved? Like you said, it's bad PR and people were going to find out even if he didn't show up publicly.

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        September 21, 2017 3:23 PM

        I'm not sure the world at large harbors the same fetishistic hate for him that the chatty does.

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        September 21, 2017 4:12 PM

        Can I get some of that Breitbart VR?

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      September 21, 2017 3:04 PM

      Did he buy the Vive section of HTC or what?

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      September 21, 2017 3:12 PM


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      September 21, 2017 3:15 PM run cables and test the mics?

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      September 21, 2017 3:26 PM

      It’s too bad Palmer’s traitorous acts negate any of his technical achievements.

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      September 21, 2017 3:27 PM

      I'm only really interested if he attends in full cosplay regalia.

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      September 21, 2017 3:56 PM

      Noice, the battles heats up, more lawsuits, good times :D

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      September 21, 2017 5:19 PM

      is he skilled at anything?

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      September 21, 2017 5:30 PM


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      September 22, 2017 2:34 AM

      Ran into Palmer today. He has always been very nice to me.

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        September 22, 2017 2:41 AM

        was he in a bikini?

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        September 22, 2017 3:17 AM

        He seems nice, but I care about VR (I quit my job to make a VR game) and he has made some real missteps in the past that could affect it's future.

        I feel Vive has come out on top so far (I own both) and would prefer they don't have any involvement with him... But not my circus, not my monkeys - my game will run on both - I just really hope he has matured from what we have seen

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          September 22, 2017 5:58 AM

          You WHAT?

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            September 22, 2017 6:00 AM


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              September 22, 2017 6:06 AM

              I was nice! :)

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                September 22, 2017 6:33 AM

                No, about you quitting your job to do a VR game, news to me. You going to OC4 or other conferences?

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                  September 22, 2017 6:48 AM

                  Oh right!

                  Yeah after Witcher 3 I worked on Cyberpunk a little, but my wife and I decided we wanted to make our own game.

                  I quit my job in February, and have been working fulltime at home on my VR game since then - hoping to release early 2018!

                  Haven't been to any conferences or anything like that - I basically just spend all my time making the game and have no time for anything else! Also - I wouldnt be able to afford conferences... I basically have no income while working on this project so I'm living off savings

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                    September 22, 2017 6:50 AM

                    Oculus sent me a couple of sets of devkits the other day so I've just got the game up and working on Oculus as well.

                    Hoping to release on Vive/Oculus at the same time, with a later non-VR release for PC :)

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                      September 22, 2017 7:42 AM

                      Very cool, worth talking to Microsoft, too.

                      What engine are you using?

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                        September 22, 2017 8:12 AM

                        Unity. I considered moving to Unreal but I've been using Unity for years :)

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                    September 22, 2017 7:22 AM

                    Awesome, you gotta keep us updated with the progress.

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                      September 22, 2017 8:14 AM

                      Yeah I've tried not to post about it here to be honest, I normally get some shitty replies/pms after making posts here and didn't want to deal with that... going solo to make a game is stressful enough :)

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                        September 22, 2017 8:58 AM

                        Well, I wish you all the best, I can imagine the difficulty of going it alone.

                        If you.dont mind me asking,.as I know nothing about game development, how is the learning curve from regular games to VR?

                        I'm really looking forward to new stuff, I'm getting burnt out on gun fight teleport games. Hope to see.more ideas in the line of Bridge Crew. Still hoping someone makes a 4 person tank crew game like it. :)

                        Anyway, rambling. Haha

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                    September 22, 2017 8:05 AM

                    I'll buy a copy, let us know when it's out

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                    September 22, 2017 8:11 AM

                    Good Luck!

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        September 22, 2017 5:32 AM

        Did you happen to see him at QuakeCon? I swear I saw him there on Saturday just after I saw you guys.

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        September 22, 2017 6:03 AM

        Sociopaths are capable of keeping up appearances.

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        September 22, 2017 8:43 AM

        Pretty much. Except he's not as charming as Bearded Sixth Sense.

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