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Oculus Creator and Co-Founder Palmer Luckey Departs Parent Company Facebook

Palmer Luckey, the co-founder of Oculus VR and creator of both the original concept and prototypes for the Oculus Rift headset, has announced (via UploadVR) his departure from their parent company, Facebook.

His leaving the company will happen this week, as Friday is reportedly his last day as an employee of Facebook. The company provided a statement:

“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.”

When Facebook was asked if Luckey’s departure was voluntary, Facebook representatives declined to comment, stating their policy regarding the matter forbids discussing internal employee matters.

Palmer sold Oculus VR to Facebook back in 2014 for a whopping $2 billion, as the company looked to aggressively expand their reach into tech. Luckey has since withdrawn from public life for the most part after this deal, with some journalists literally stalking his every move.

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15 comments
  1. Mr0303
    Mr0303
    March 30, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    He is quite based. Now that he has FU money he can become another Notch.

  2. Bitterbear
    Bitterbear
    March 30, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    The way the media piled onto him makes me think that the JournoList is still alive and kicking.

  3. scemar
    scemar
    March 30, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    godspeed you beautiful mememan and thanks for everything
    rip

  4. ultrabot
    ultrabot
    March 30, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    I have no doubt Facebook’s corporate-cult culture is what kept him quiet these last few months, hope he’s getting a fat severance package in return.

  5. M37 TrenchGun
    M37 TrenchGun
    March 30, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    The Man Who Trolled The World

  6. chaoguy
    chaoguy
    March 30, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    There are always gonna be cliques in any industry.
    Just that reporting industries are more efficient at it. Doesn’t matter if it’s one big one, or many fractured ones with a few people working in multiple groups.

  7. No_Good_Names_Ever
    No_Good_Names_Ever
    March 30, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    “kickstart the modern VR revolution and helped build an industry”
    Since when do fads count as that?

  8. buddyluv324
    buddyluv324
    March 30, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    All this drama over some silly, dumbass memes, but then again if anyone even says the name Trump, you’re a Nazi. With all that said though, he wasnt exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer when it came to PR.

  9. sanic
    sanic
    March 30, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    him and notch should buy something big together…

  10. Dale Frewaldt
    Dale Frewaldt
    March 30, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    Only notable thing I can remember is his stance on shitty DRM policies. VR could’ve been great, and maybe it still will be, but he was pretty desperate to strangle developers into a closed ecosystem.

  11. brainy37
    brainy37
    March 30, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    And that is a good thing.

  12. VirtualBoyColor
    VirtualBoyColor
    March 30, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    I wonder if he regrets joining forces with Faceberg.

    Anyway, here’s hoping that the press will FINALLY let him and his girlfriend be in peace. The whole “let’s stalk both of them because he paid for a meme political campaign and she supports a movement that (according to us) hates women” was embarassing to watch.
    Who knows, maybe he will surprise us again with another new tech development.

  13. Shinobu
    Shinobu
    March 31, 2017 at 1:25 am

    Every five years we are blessed with another Notch. Looking forward to the next multi-millionaire playboy SJW slayer.

  14. Uncle Ocelot
    Uncle Ocelot
    March 31, 2017 at 5:59 am

    He got the zucc

  15. SiliconNooB
    SiliconNooB
    April 1, 2017 at 11:04 am

    NeoGaf will be happy about this…