Joe Durbin of UploadVR was the first to report on Luckey’s departure, and the social network issued the following statement:
"Palmer will be dearly missed. Palmer’s legacy extends far beyond Oculus. His inventive spirit helped kick-start 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."
Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR closed in July 2014. The past few months have been bumpy for Luckey.
Gideon Resnick and Ben Collins of The Daily Beast reported last September that Luckey provided financial backing to Nimble America, which launched online attacks against the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton. Palmer responded in a Facebook post:
"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.
And although a lawsuit against Oculus and Facebook by software company ZeniMax—alleging that former ZeniMax employee and current Oculus chief technology officer John Carmack brought the former’s trade secrets to the latter—proved unsuccessful, the jury ruled that Luckey failed to comply with a nondisclosure order, and Luckey and fellow Oculus co-founderBrendan Iribe were ordered to pay ZeniMax $500 million for copyright infringement and false designation.
Image courtesy of Palmer Luckey’s Facebook Timeline.