Oculus VR Founder Palmer Luckey Leaves Facebook

Friday, March 31, will be Luckey's last day at the company.

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Palmer Luckey, who founded Oculus VR and came up with early VR prototypes that evolved into the Oculus Rift, will depart Facebook this week. Luckey's final day at the company will be tomorrow, Friday, March 31 (via UploadVR).

"Palmer will be dearly missed," Facebook representatives wrote in a statement. "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."

Luckey sold Oculus to Facebook for $2 billion just over three years ago on March 25, 2014. Facebook embraced the Rift as a gaming platform, and envisioned usage far beyond its original purpose.

"After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said following the acquisition. "Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face—just by putting on goggles in your home."

Luckey's departure should come as no surprise to enthusiasts. Last fall, reporters from The Daily Beast found links between the Oculus founder and Nimble America, a far-right political group. Nimble America gained infamy for generating and spreading provocative memes and other content designed to weaken the campaign of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Facebook representatives declined to comment on Upload VR's inquiry as to whether Luckey's departure was voluntary.

Shacknews CEO Asif Khan caught up with Palmer at last year's Oculus Connect 3, but the VR magnate danced around answering questions regarding the elephant in the room.

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    March 30, 2017 1:38 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Oculus VR Founder Palmer Luckey Leaves Facebook

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      March 30, 2017 1:43 PM

      LOL. See ya.

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      March 30, 2017 1:55 PM

      Huh crazy. I wonder if he'll just retire on his billions?

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        March 30, 2017 2:03 PM

        From prior article The sale will include $400M in cash, $1.6 billion in Facebook stock, and an additional $300M for incentives.

        I wonder how much of that he actually received/vested.

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        March 30, 2017 5:58 PM

        He's a very young, smart guy with a lot of energy. I think he'd go insane (well.... more insane) if he was just sitting around swimming in his money pool. He's pretty passionate about VR, I wouldn't be surprised if he started up a VR software company or something.

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        March 30, 2017 9:20 PM

        Yeah I'm sure he's real broken up about this

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      March 30, 2017 2:02 PM

      That's too bad. :/

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      March 30, 2017 2:06 PM

      Bye Felicia.

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      March 30, 2017 2:11 PM

      I'm glad he is gone due to his immature hateful antics. But, same time can't deny he really got the rally cry going for VR and made a significant impact.

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        March 30, 2017 10:25 PM

        Just like Lovecraft wrote some classic and influential stuff, but was a terrible and documented racist.

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      March 30, 2017 3:20 PM

      Good

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      March 30, 2017 6:12 PM

      Will Carmack stick it out I wonder?

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      March 30, 2017 7:11 PM

      RIP Oculus. FB is going to bury the project.

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        March 30, 2017 9:51 PM

        Bullshit.

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        March 30, 2017 10:29 PM

        I don't think so, I think Zuck has a vision for where this is going.

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          March 30, 2017 10:30 PM

          I do think Zuck's vision is less gaming, more real world, but it will be interesting to see if they shift focus at all.

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            March 30, 2017 10:55 PM

            I really think there is a future there that nobody has solved. I've been handing out with friends in a physical bar and we'be split off, went to our homes, and got back on BigScreen and watched a movie. It was pretty great.

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          March 30, 2017 10:50 PM

          zuckerberg: how many layers of vr are you on
          luckey: like,, maybe 5, or 6 right now. my dude
          zuckerberg: you are like a little baby
          watch this
          zuckerberg: ZUCC

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        March 30, 2017 10:41 PM

        lol. Luckey was a cancer and after 3 years is probably vested for all of his bonuses.

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        March 30, 2017 10:45 PM

        Considering the kind of cash they laid down for Oculus, Believe they're in this for the long haul. Palmer leaving was always a high probability, given that he's an entrepreneurial type. And with his recent PR disasters, Facebook probably wanted him gone asap.

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        March 31, 2017 4:16 AM

        When John Logie Baird had that divorce, that was when I knew TV was doomed.

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      March 31, 2017 12:50 AM

      Can't believe oculus went down the tank faster than HTC valve.

      Valve have a pretty good track record of abandoning their hardware experiments

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        March 31, 2017 3:25 AM

        Good thing it's HTC's, then

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        March 31, 2017 3:32 AM

        I'm surprised (and pleased) the Vive is doing better and is ahead on general features like motion controls, room scale shiz and even wireless. As soon as they have a decent wireless v2 I'm snapping that up.

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        March 31, 2017 5:07 AM

        Went down the toob faster than HL3 huehuehuehue

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        March 31, 2017 5:17 AM

        went down the tank how?

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          March 31, 2017 5:29 AM

          They haven't even taken it to the shark tank yet.

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      March 31, 2017 4:52 AM

      Maybe he'll be hired on the Blaze to replace Tomi Lahren.